Mrs. C (18Apr17): I went to see this show on Easter Sunday with my husband and son at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. We all love the Bee Gees and they, in particular are very musical. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. From the outset Martin Spooner was poor and dreadful at trying to get the audience to participate. Basically no charisma and he is no singer. The other two weren't much better with Yvan Silva's voice saving parts of the show. Putting 3 men in leather outfits and dark glasses does not a Bee Gee make. I would have to disagree with the reviewer before me who thought the narrator lent something to the show. We found his delivery weak and the script poor. The dancers tried hard but the whole production was unpolished, amateurish and over priced for what we got. It is rare that the Palace get it wrong but they did so this time. We left at the interval.
Words..... we were lost for them. 1
Bob Angles (07Feb17): We saw this show in Bournemouth. I love musicals and this was excellent. The narration was informative and linked with the music well. The three guys were incredible and every song was really close to the original. The girl who sang Celine Dion was so good my wife thought she was lip syncing.Shame I can't remember her name. Almost everybody in the theatre were up on their feet dancing by the end. It was a brilliant night. Thank you all. 4
Stephen Wright (02Feb17): What an excellent night it was, my wife and I thoroughly enjoy this show, it was both informative and entertaining, people were dancing in their seats and there was a brilliant atmosphere in the theatre. The 3 Bee gee guys were excellent and look and sound very much like the Gibb brothers with their beautiful harmonies set with the added benefit of beautiful dancers behind them and a tight live band giving the show great energy, but also there are some nice poignant moments of dialogue from Stigwood who tells the story of the Beegees between songs which was sensitively delivered. 4
Gemma Smith (02Feb17): Having worked in the West End for 20 some years I went to the Opening Night of You Win Again unsure what to expect. Was it a tribute show or a musical? What it turned out to be was an extremely fun night out! How you can you not have a good night with such brilliant music being performed with so much enthusiasm. The brothers Gibb were portrayed acuratly although they seemed not to stay true to which brother sang which song originally. The narration, although wonderfully delivered left the audience from a musical high to a bit of a class room bump as it upset the momentum of the show to a degree. The dancers who unfortunately are not credited, worked hard all night producing an unwavering glamour and real show biz sparkle which complimented the three leading men wonderfully well. All in all You Win Again is a fabulous fun night so much so I've booked up to see it again! 5
Simone Weller (02Feb17): I approached this with a very open mind, i was not expecting much at all to be frank. Having been a theatre reviewer for some 14 years i have seen all sorts! Well, the nucleus of this story has to be the main characters, Barry Robin and Maurice Gibb, although i use the word characters loosely as there was quite literally no interaction with the audience and as much as i hate to say it, no talent by our three main men! to be fair, one of them Yvan Silva who plays Maurice does have a glorious top register in his vocal which lends itself beautifully to Bee Gees songs but the other two Rowan Lyle who portrays Barry and Martin Spooner who portrays Robin Gibb were awful, whoever cast this production should be ashamed of their choices when it comes to the Bee Gees, it was amateurs in a professional setting. How this production can call itself a musical is beyond me. we are treated to some very beautiful dancers which at least allow for a lovely visual and take some of the focus away from the three statues at the front. Holding it all in place is a young actor named Stewart (i could not find his second name and there was no mention of him in the program)now Stuart portrays Robert Stigwood and tells the story by way of flash back direct through the wall to the audience, This young man does a fantastic job with a script which at times is witty and at times quite poignant and all be it brief, tells us what we need to know very well. The show promises guest appearances, we had one, Celine Dion is portrayed by Louise beautifully and totally stole the show for me, i didn't want her to leave the stage! this production could have been so much but sadly due to awful casting of the Group in question falls so short. i wanted a musical what i got was a bad tribute made up of old men surrounded by a fine young actor and some lovely dancers! these ingredients worked but the main ingredient certainly did not. on this occasion You Win Again....Lost!! 4
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