Judging by the audience reaction, Yve Blake’s revision of Fangirls is going to be another big hit.
The story of three school-age friends who all fall in love with a boyband idol is not for everyone above the age of, say, 40 years old.
The first half is full on, with intensely loud music, blurred lyrics, and epilepsy inducing flashing lights accompanying juvenile antics.
And indeed, this play holds love up to the spotlight – the love of the girls for their boyband hero, full of the flush of uncontrollable and dangerous hormones, the selfless love of Edna’s mother for her daughter, and the loyal love of the friends towards one another.
The first half lacks the lyricism and subtlety of the second, but on the whole the energy of the dancers and the fabulous choreography lift the musical out of the ordinary and point the way for a wonderful new talent on the Australian musical theatre scene.
Until Feb 20. Seymour Centre, Cnr of City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale. $38-$84+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.belvoir.com.au