WORTH A LOOK?: ****
WHERE? Other Palace RUNTIME: 93 minutes
WHEN? shown 31/5/20
Atkinson was starring as the titular Pretty Woman (pictured above) in what was arguably her first West End leading lady role when Covid-19 forced curtain down at the Piccadilly Theatre.
- Read on for reasons including which stars from Atkinson’s past contributed to this greatest hits show
This show was filmed September and is so good that the Other Palace made it available to rewatch for £7.50 to those interested and here’s why we’re reviewing it.
Our review of Pretty Woman: The Musical said: ‘We won’t be clamouring for (Bryan) Adams to write another musical but will certainly hope to see Mac and Atkinson back in more leading theatre roles soon.’
There’s a magic about Atkinson which screams that she was born to be a West End leading lady that is obvious as we watch this showcase that was filmed before her big break in Pretty Woman.
The best bit is when she reunites with other stars from Six, including Samantha Pauly from Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, to sing their character Katherine Howard’s sexy and funny number All You Wanna Do.
During the show Atkinson reveals her route to stardom was applying for the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre competition which she won the amateur and then professional version of.
Here she performs songs from the shows she’s starred in alongside some of the performers she’s shared a stage with including Arabella Rodrigo from Zorro.
Backed by two female guitarists, a male percussionist and female keyboardist she starts with Don’t Rain On My Parade which in retrospect seems like an appropriate note of defiance during Covid-19.
Later she is joined by her partner Genesis Lynea amongst other performers as hits including Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Little Mix’s Woman Like Me and Adele’s Rolling In The Deep make the set.
It all ends appropriately with Proud Mary which could just as well be retitled proud Aimie given just how entertaining this show proves to be. Atkinson’s huge potential means you’ll be likely seeing much more of her in West End leading lady roles in the future.