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Tomorrow Morning - Landor Theatre (Review)

Review by Shanna Schreuder

IT MAY not be filled with sparkling costumes and big dance sequences but Tomorrow Morning will tug at the heart strings and tickle your funny bone as much as any big blockbuster.

With a talented cast of four, this award-winning romantic musical comedy takes you through the ups and downs of a relationship between a man and a woman, seen from two different points in time.

Tomorrow Morning opens on the wedding eve of the twentysomethings, Kat (Julie Atherton) and John (Jon Lee), and the divorce eve of the thirtysomethings, Catherine (Yvette Robinson) and Jack (Grant Neal).

Both couples are anxious about the proceedings of the coming day – but while one pair looks to their future, the other is re-examining their past.

And with songs like The Reason Behind Our Impending Divorce and When I’m a Bride, it isn’t too difficult to figure about what each of these characters is feeling.

Not that Laurence Mark Wythe’s candid lyrics make them any less enjoyable, if anything they add an element of realism to his emotional, innovative and often funny songs.

Secret Tango and The Pool Guy particularly stood out for their comedy value, but that has as much to do with the stellar delivery as the witty lyrics.

Accompanied by a live band that snugly fits into the left-hand side of the Landor Theatre’s intimate stage, all the actors put pressure on the walls with their pitch-perfect singing.

From high to low, upbeat to slow, the foursome’s vocal strength make Tomorrow Morning a real first-class contender.

Fiery yet familiar, Grant Neal and Yvette Robinson’s passionate portrayal of a married couple on the verge of divorce is a joy to watch, and it beautifully counters Jon Lee (a member of S Club 7 in a previous life) and Julie Atherton’s turns as the loving, fresh couple ready to get serious.

Robert McWhir’s direction and Chris de Wilde’s set are just right – especially considering the compact space available.

Using just two sofas, two chairs and a few props, the whole cast are on stage for the majority of the play, yet this doesn’t obstruct the creation of two different places and situations.

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Until November 13, 2010
Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, London SW9 9PH
Box office: 020 7737 7276