My mum, my two girls, and I went along to The Kings Theatre on Southsea’s Albert Road this week to see Calamity Jane, an ongoing production of the legendary Wild West musical hitting the Edwardian playhouse’s stage until April 4th.
My mum and I grew up on the Doris Day telling of the tale, so we knew the songs really well, but this was the first time my two girls experienced the rapturous melodies. And they loved it!
All four of us were impressed with the versatility of the cast, who gifted the audience with exciting and entertaining singing and dancing renditions of classics such as ‘Whip Crack Away’ and ‘The Windy City’.
The star of the show in my eyes was Jodie Prenger, best known for her win on BBC television series ‘I’d Do Anything’. She proved to be a truly phenomenal singer, and her performance of ‘My Secret Love’ deserves prime place right up there with Doris’.
Tom Lister of TV soap Emmerdale filled the boots of Wild Bill Hickok, playing a heroic character that all show-goers will rave about.
My little girls were dancing and singing along to the songs by the time the first half of the show came to a close!
Don’t miss out this wonderful production, right on the doorstep of anyone living in Portsmouth or Southsea. It runs until this Saturday, the 4th of April.