MUSICALS AND OPERA
St Andrews and St Georges West, Venue 111
August 6th to 10th 20:40
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Four Stars)
Edinburgh Music Theatre or EMT as they are affectionately known to have been on the Fringe for nearly a Quarter of a century using the summer festivals to bolster their annual productions performed in the spring.
In recent years the company have produced two productions for the fringe playing them in rep over the course of 5 nights. 2019 see them revive their “Anthems” strand in an earlier evening slot and is followed by “Movie Music” in the later slot.
This is essentially a full stage concert production, accompanied by a live 3 piece band, it is charmed personified. Opening with “Another Day of Sun” from “La La Land” it’s a bright cheery start from the off, with Anna Spence, Karyn Joss, Rebecca Watson, Helen Young all providing bright clear vocals matched by the earthy tones of Scott Kenneway it’s a strong opener.
Over the following 50 minutes is a trip through the best of the film music world, special highlight includes an inventive and fun James Bond Medley, a beautifully haunting “May it be” from Lord of the rings. This company is at is strongest when sending gorgeous harmonies around the vaulted building it’s all emotionally moving.
An interesting mash up of Sunshine on Leith/Letter from America leads the finale off with Lena Chicon and Hannah Mattison giving a unique take on the home town songs. Closing with a Greatest Showman Medley followed by when you’re an Addams from Addams family makes for a satisfying show, although perhaps it might have given a bigger finish if the songs were swapped around and going out on the crowd pleasing showman medley.
Musical Director Matthew Brown, Choreographer Morgan Scott and Assistant Choreographer Lauren McAnna have delivered the goods with a tight, polished production that makes the best of the space in every way.
All told, EMT knows just what they’re doing during the Fringe and bring bags of experience, charm and passion for the art form that makes them endlessly watchable and a worthy addition to any Fringe Diary.