Robert Tanitch reviews Drunk at Bridewell Theatre, London EC4
What choreographer director Andrew McOnie and his recently launched dance company are attempting to do in this show is to bridge the gap between dance and theatre audiences.
His mentor is Matthew Bourne and his ambitious aim is to be in the same Broadway musical choreographic bracket as Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd and Susan Stroman.
McOnie describes Drunk, his 85-minute, straight-through dance-driven revue, as a “cocktail of song and dance.” The 18 musical numbers are based on a drinks menu which features martini, vodka, Pimms, champagne, scotch and rum, absinthe, etc, etc.
The music and lyrics are by Grant Olding. There is a five piece band. There is a singer, Gemma Sutton, and seven lively dancers who can also sing. This talented and energetic cast makes for a very witty and very personable ensemble.
Andrew McOnie’s Drunk is a lot of fun and could well be the start of something new and popular.