Previewed 28 April 2010, Opened 29 April 2010, Closed 9 May 2010 at the Apollo Theatre in London
The award winning Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds in London for a strictly limited season of 12 performances!
MGM legend and star of Singing in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Bodyguard, and Will and Grace, Debbie Reynolds celebrates 50 years of show business in this award winning one woman show Debbie Reynolds - Alive and Fabulous which comes to London's West End for just 12 performances. A bundle of energy, charm and beauty, Debbie Reynolds is a genuine film star. This unique presentation features actual MGM film footage as she talks about her glittering career, her many husbands and her incredible life of song and dance.
"I'm Still Here, that time-honoured anthem of the indestructible old trouper, is her opening number, and once we've learned that Debbie knows how to pronounce 'Norwich', her dry sense of humour leads the way. I hesitate to say she's slurring her words but her sentences are unclear. Still, we get the gist: she's a sassy old broad, it's been a hoot, all men are bastards and the show must go on. The evening flies when Reynolds unleashes her considerable gift for impressions. Katharine Hepburn is good, but Barbra Streisand - achieved via a straight wig, false nose, nasal twang and lofty pronouncement - is sensational. More of this and less of how much she loves the Apollo Theatre, and the show would be as unsinkable as Molly Brown." The London Evening Standard
"Her evening of reminiscences delivers some spirited but wobbly singing and lashings of salty, vaudeville humour. Reynolds, a Texan gal at heart, gets by on her blowsy energy, chattering away so furiously between numbers that punchlines are sometimes trampled underfoot. Folksy songs such as the Glenn Miller hit I've Got a Girl in Kalamazoo suit her down to the ground, even if her pitch wanders in all directions. The film clips are good fun too, and she throws herself into a maniacal impersonation of Barbra Streisand, complete with pantomime false nose. The production has a cut-price quality about it nevertheless. While her backing duo of the pianist Joey Singer and drummer Gerry Genuario make sturdy accomplices, the audience ought to be entitled to hear more than pre-recorded horn arrangements." The Times
Debbie Reynolds in London at the Apollo Theatre previewed from 28 April 2010, opened on 29 April 2010 and closed on 9 May 2010.