**** Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Showstopper returns to the Gilded Balloon for its fourth year in a row and grows ever more popular thanks to the amazing talents on stage.
The Key to understanding showstopper is that the show doesn’t exist until the audience arrive and start giving ideas to the narrator played by showstopper co-founder Dylan Emery. At the performance I attended the audience came up with bumbleland, the bees versus the wasps and the search for the truth beyond the cupcake tree. Once the idea is establish the talented cast begin the hour long musical with the narrator interrupting and either enhancing the direction of the musical or altering it completely. Small things like a microphone failing are quickly written in with the object being that by the end of the hour there is brand spanking new musical ready to be delivered to theatre producer known only as Cameron.
I was genuinely stunned by the excellent improvisational skills of everyone involved; being able to produce both ballads and huge musical numbers of the cuff is a unique talent. Credit also goes to a very gifted Lighting operator as he too works hard creating of the cuff lighting states and special effects.
The production works so well because it uses a cast of well-established professional musical theatre improverts and one who shone for me was Pippa Evans playing the warlock her voice was resonant throughout.
The hard thing about reviewing such a show is that it is so unique; the musical I saw will never be seen again! I thoroughly recommend going along and experiencing the musical magic of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.