THEATRE REVIEWS - Puttin’ on the Ritz

Puttin' on the Ritz
Puttin' on the Ritz

IT’S glam and glitzy and oh so very ritzy.

It’s Puttin’ on the Ritz, the much loved musical extravaganza which show-cases all that’s sensational in the work of the great Irving Berlin and so many others composers of the era.

Isn’t it amazing that of these songs including There’s No Business Like Show Business, Top Hat, Lady Be Good, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, ‘S Wonderful, Anything Goes, and Night and Day, have retained their foot-tapping popularity for decades. They remain as stylish, vibrant and foot-tappingly superb as when first heard.

This is a total fantasy show with music for the sake of music. It bursts with nostalgia and is total value-for-money entertainment, as great today as when it first hit the silver screen stage between the two world wars.

Talk about standing the test of time, this iconic Iriving Berlin diamond of a show has all that’s best in stage glamour. History records that it was the first show in the world to have an interracial ensemble.

The delight of Puttin’ on the Ritz is simple – it has a high-as-a-kite feel-good factor and demonstrates just how life improves when folks put on their best bibs and tuckers and quite literally “put on the Ritz.”

The Opera House stage sparkles and flashes with a dozen dazzling scenes which put reality on the back burner.

The special guest is Lorna Luft (Judy Garland’s daughter) who brings extra depth to this song and dance show. She tells a few stories, and delights the audience with her tremendous vocal work. Like her mom, a true legend.

This unique offering is a true celebration of the golden age of Hollywood and truth is I’ve never seen such mesmerising extravagance on stage for many a long year.

Running until Saturday at the Opera House, Manchester.