The Route To Happiness - Landor Theatre (Review)
Review by Shanna Schreuder
PART of the Landor Theatre’s From Page to Stage programme, which was set up by Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment to showcase new musical theatre, The Route To Happiness is an intimate show that follows the hopes and dreams of three Londoners.
Hopeless romantic Lorna daydreams of finding the one who will complete her life; career-obsessed Marcus is driven by his desire to make his millions; and talentless Trinity tries her hand at everything to one day become a famous celebrity.
The music score and lyrics come from BBC comic songwriter Alexander S. Bermange, whose desire it has been over the past couple of years to create a small-scale musical in which the three characters are defined by their musical styles. He genuinely succeeds.
Lorna is characterised by a melodic musical theatre style, Marcus is coupled with a more dissonant, discordant and complex genre of music, and Trinity is given an upbeat, contemporary sound.
Yet when the storylines of the three subjects merge, so do their music styles, creating another level.
With smart direction by Robert McWhir, the actors successfully transform the small stage into their own personal spaces and let the audience see them from different angles and positions to add depth to every scene.
The lyrics and actors frequently provide laugh-out-loud moments as the characters are stripped bare.
Shona White as Lorna, Niall Sheehy as Marcus and Cassidy Janson as Trinity are all likeable, evoking pathos as they struggle to achieve their idea of happiness.
All in all, The Route To Happiness has that desired effect of leaving you feeling, well, happy to have seen it.
The Route To Happiness runs at the Landor Theatre from Tuesday, February 19 to Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 2.30pm.
Tickets are available by calling 020 7737 7276 or visiting www.landortheatre.co.uk/.