When we were offered tickets to go review the highly anticipated Club Tropicana by Artspod, how could I refuse? Hosted at the Liverpool Empire, the show promised to be a hilarious feel-good show with plenty of 80’s nostalgia. With hits from such as ABC, Cyndi Lauper, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, a-ha, Culture Club, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Bucks Fizz and Depeche Mode it was billed to be a night of dancing and sing-along fun.
Who are Artspod?
Artspod is the best website to visit when it comes to live events in the UK. It’s not just for theatre fans like me, but music and live events buffs as well as those looking for auditions or jobs in the arts industry.
Sadly, BB needed Mum the night we were due to go to the show so Mike and his brother went on my behalf — this is Mikes review and he really isn’t easy to please!
How was the show?
Going into the whole show with blank expectations had both it’s good and bad points. The bad was only in my niggle was if I had wasted a night on a bad choice of show, and the good being how totally amazed I was walking out of the theatre at the end.
Before travelling for the night I tried to read a few reviews and get an overall understanding of what ‘Club Tropicana — the Show’ was really about. Nothing really gave me a clear picture so I just guessed at something along the lines of ‘Mamma Mia’!
This was my first visit to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre.
After looking the venue up, it was clear the train would be the best way to travel so parking wouldn’t be an issue. We live on the same line so 2 Adult return tickets came to around £10 – very reasonable, I expected it to be much more into the city. The last train was 11:30, so we had plenty of over run time in case of a delay.
The show started around 7:30pm – give or take and would last around 2.5 hours with a short interval of about 20mins. Before getting to our seat, we visited the bar and got a quick drink during the first half which gave me opportunity to look at the venue itself. The theatre is very impressive, ornate architecture in every corner and a huge seating arrangement all offering a great view of the large stage — it all felt very regal and fancy.
The premise of the show is set around a chintzy hotel set abroad with something close to 80’s style cabaret for their entertainment.
A look at the story..
The story follows a group of guys and a separate group of girls who happen upon their accommodation and embark on journey in the hotel. Throughout the show the actors break into various songs that fit with the story line, many of them using the words to dramatic/comedic effect. The whole show culminates into a big finale features many great 80’s classic hits — throughout the show there is a live band, they are hidden just off to the left of the stage area but the remix versions of the tracks sit perfectly within the setting.
The one stand out difference to many other musical cabaret style shows is the comedy – this was not cheesy eye rolling jokes, but sharp and witty while keeping current with the times. Things have to be pretty clever and well timed to get me to laugh but I was honestly in floods of tears at some point and I go as far to say the second half of the show had the whole audience rolling in their seats!
So the vocals — I can sing a little myself and love love love the 80’s for it’s music.
The performances had started a little nasal which worried me a little but that soon changed when the show started to gain traction. The whole cast can sing, and they all have their own little numbers which slot into the story and also give the actors some stage time to show off their abilities. A stand out for me was the duet of Aha’s ‘Take on me’ — given the point in the show, it honestly gave me goosebumps and a tremble of my bottom lip.The audience had been given a real treat and before the finale could even roll out everybody was on their feet clapping and dancing with the cast in what could only be described as a party of appreciation for the performances. Click To Tweet
To conclude, this is a must watch if you like comedy, 80’s music or just want a fun evening at the theatre. 9.5/10 I really will be looking to go back and watch this again before it leaves my area.
We were gifted the tickets to attend the show, at £13 per ticket. This does not influence the opinions shared in this review!