In changing the pace a little, escaping to take in Alexander S. Bermange’s I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical offers all the humour along with fantastic musical theatre.
At sixty minutes it’s a well paced insight into the life of four musical theatre actors. With excellent writing, it’s a delight to get to grips with each of the personas on stage through character and song. Full of comedy and strong vocal performances I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical feels like a gem of an offering at the Edinburgh Fringe.
As Musical Director, composer/ lyricist and pianist, Alexander S. Bermange’s presence on the stage throughout maintains the energy of the piece. The four actors provide strong performances to take us through the catchy score which are completely reminiscent of West End numbers.
The story introduces us to the aspirations of becoming a musical theatre performers through to the impact of fame – of attracting stalkers and becoming the diva. The challenges are embedded in humour and vocal talent. There’s lots of jokes associated with the traditions of musical theatre for more avid fans. This is neatly balanced with plenty of laughs for those dipping their toe in the water. From the problems caused from love scenes to ambitious choreography, there is something to relate.
Finishing the show with a song about reconsidering life choices seems to resonate with the audience. Ticking the box for the inspirational number. And, aside from the necessary encore, it’s a full house. Resulting in an absolute feelgood piece of theatre. I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical . In the hands of fantastic talent I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical translates into a hugely entertaining hour at the Fringe.
I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical is at Underbelly, Bristo Square as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 20.45 until Monday 26th August.
Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All views and opinions contained are my own.