If you are going to party on a school night, make sure it’s an 80’s party!
That’s what I did when I went to see Club Tropicana the Musical at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. From the 80’s tunes drifting into the auditorium as people were taking their seats, I knew we were in for something wonderful.
Set (obviously) in the 80’s, Club Tropicana bases its story around the popularity of the package holiday in the decade of fun. Young couple Olly (Cellen Chug Jones) and Lorraine (Karina Hind) are about to get married when one of them has an attack of the nerves and calls it all off. Determined to get over the heartache, Lorraine decides to still go on the honeymoon to one of the popular costa’s of the time. But, Olly decides to do the same!
Arriving separately with their friends, they check into the fun-filled Club Tropicana hotel – drinks are free…only the first one mind! There begins the holiday of a lifetime.
Hotel owners Serena (Amelle Berrabah) and ‘friend’ Robert (Neil McDermott) are hoping to make holidaymakers want to return time and time again, looking to impress hotel inspector Christine (Emily Tierney) they enlist the help of cabaret man Garry (Joe McElderry) to get the guests partying hard and save the reputation of the hotel. Consuela (Kate Robbins) the hotel dogsbody, tries to help out in her own inimitable way – she has a sign! Will they all manage to save the hotel?
Packed full of 80’s tunes such as Take On Me, Making Your Mind Up and many more that you can’t help but sing along to – Club Tropicana the Musical is an exciting, hilarious trip down memory lane that will leave you buzzing with excitement and wanting to continue the party somewhere else.
Joe McElderry was fantastic as club rep Garry, over the top and camp as Christmas – you can’t help but love him. Kate Robbins stole the show as the put upon maid. She didn’t have to speak to have us laughing, her whole presence on stage had the audience giggling and she got the biggest applause of the night.
If you want a good dance, sing along, summery night out, catch Club Tropicana the Musical this week at the Theatre Royal. Dress code: Neon and lace.