2019 Marquee Vaudeville Show – What a Night? What a Show? What a Club?

Lymm Vaudeville Show 2019 – review

A standing ovation, cries of ‘more, more, more’ and shouts of ‘we love it’ brought the Lymm Rugby Club 2019 Vaudeville Show to a close on Saturday 15th June. In a single evening, the annual event had raised more than £10,000 for the club.

Unlike the 2018 show, which was themed around The Greatest Showman, there was no hook as such for the 2019 edition. What all the show’s 23 acts – from the comedy sketches to the big chorus numbers – had in common, however, was the ability to impact the audience.

The show opened with an explosive, hi-energy, song and dance routine from West Side Story, featuring all the cast. Wow, the audience were on their feet with applause and the show was on.

There were acts that had the audience folded over in laughter. The first of these came early on in the running order when Paul Rigby came on stage as Tommy Cooper. The rapid fire of one-liners such as ‘Exit signs; they’re on their way out’ and ‘I found my wife dead in the washing machine; at least she died in comfort’ left some members of the audience struggling to catch their breath between belly laughs.

As did the Geography Teacher sketch, in which Paul Maguire attempted to give the audience a geography lesson by drinking his way through a back bar’s worth of spirits from around the world.

And then the Del and Rodney sketch by Steve Roe and Mark Hesketh.

Then there were those acts that widened the eyes. Of particular note was Shallow – the song from the Lady Gaga film A Star is Born that was sung by Hayley Cornelia and Brian Hope and accompanied by a lyrical contemporary dance performance by Alicia Graham and Sophie Worton.And a rendition of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah, performed by the whole cast, that saw the audience reaching for their phones in order to wave the flashlights around in the air like lighters at a concert.

Plus, in classic vaudeville spirit, there were those acts that got the audience clapping, whistling and finger-clicking. These included a Rat Pack medley by Keith Broadbent, Brian Hope and Steve Rule; of which Mack the Knife animated the audience especially. And the pre-interval performance of Proud Mary, which got the audience stamping their feet so hard it might have felt like a land tremor to those residents of Lymm who were not attending the show.

No review of the 2019 Vaudeville Show can be complete without a mention of the backstage crew. The behind the scenes team is the glue that holds any performance together. However, the 2019 Vaudeville might not have been able to carry on this year without their extra effort.

After a scene by Paul Maguire and special guest performer Matthew Corbett – with Sooty – swamped the stage with a little more porridge, treacle, shaving foam and fake blood than had been rehearsed, technical director John Cartwright, backstage coordinator Yvonne Halford, and choreographer Jan Halloran got down on hands and knees for an emergency clean up operation while show director Simon Plumb distracted the crowd with an impromptu audience sing along of Delilah.

The official show line-up ended with a pyrotechnic-infused medley of Queen songs. The ultimate song, We are the Champions, particularly fitting, because it certainly was a champion effort from the cast, crew and everyone involved in bringing Lymm Vaudeville to life for another year.

A tribute from Tony Wright, which speaks for all in the audience on Saturday

Simon, I just want to congratulate you on a terrific night of entertainment last night.

I can’t imagine the amount of work and effort that went in to producing a superb show.  Everybody involved deserves a huge pat on the back.  From the people on the door, the back stage staff, lighting, costumes, music, videos etc,

The very talented cast, the bar staff and even the work that went in to the outside area to make it presentable (the purple lighting on the garden wall was particularly effective).  I’ve probably missed a lot of people out, but I’m sure I echo everyone’s thoughts who were present that it was all well worth the effort.

I know I can’t thank everybody personally but on behalf of the Rugby Club a huge thank you to you and all your team

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