The songs, rich, melodic, evergreens, come
tripping out and dance upon the ear. Not so the
show itself. Sadly it spends much of its
time simply tripping about and what dancing there
is could be overlooked - in more ways than one.
It is all such a great pity. There is so much
missing, so much that could easily be done to
inject vitality and, above all, movement into
this revival of a 30s classic.
As a film it launched the famous Judy
Garland-Mickey Rooney partnership. Rodgers and
Hart packed it with songs that even to this day
are show stoppers - which is a bit of a problem
when you have a show that has trouble starting.
Babes In Arms is a vintage backstage musical
which should be a celebration of the youth. As it
stands it is a celebration of the talents of Su
Pollard - and thank goodness she is around to
keep things going. Shes marvellous. Tudor
Davies, no mean name in the business, is
responsible for the choreography and this is a
puzzle. There is so little.
Designer Terry Parsons is imprisoned in his own
backstage and director Roger Redfarn is
imprisoned in a first act that almost stands
still. But joy upon joy there are the songs - and
Su Pollard to belt out The Lady Is A Tramp and
bring down the final curtain with arousing Johnny
One Note. Thank you Su.
Birmingham Evening Mail