Good night Mrs. Calabash Review
The story of the life of Jimmy Durante set in 1920s- 1930s America
by Ophira Starr
Written on 13/Jun/2012
Tony Day’s premier Good night Mrs. Calabash is a highly entertaining musical set in 1920s- 1930s America. He managed to re – create a story he came across during his research for a musical. This is based on the life of Jimmy Durante (1893- 1980), nicknamed Schnozzola for his large nose, a charismatic honky – tonk pianist that had grander ambitions and succeeded. Together with his two other show biz partners he formed a trio. It is also the story of his love affair with his wife – Jeanne, that has a tragic ending.
Upstairs at the Gatehouse managed to use the small stage as in a West end theatre to dazzle the audience. The razmataz of New York glamour captures the audience as does the dancing, which will pleasantly surprise you. The characters stand out as the cast deliver superbly. Tim Frost, who is fondly remembered for acting the part of Woody Allen in Play it Again Sam at the Gatehouse, impressively plays the lead as Jimmy Durante (he had a week only to rehearse for this ) Another character is Brooklyn, the devoted friend, who is not to be reckoned with !
All in all, a delightful show. Highly recommended local entertainment, West End style minus the headache of schlepping to the West end (that’s if you live in suburbia of north west London, of course).
A great night out.
Go see it ! J