But I’m a Cheerleader (London) London Reviews and Tickets
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Quirky
About the Show
The new coming-of-age musical exploring one girl's sexuality returns to the Turbine Theatre.
Megan is an all-American high school cheerleader who has the perfect life ... until she finds out her friends and family suspect her of being a lesbian. They send her to a rehabilitation camp to set her straight. It's there that she meets Graham, a sexy tomboy who leads Megan to her sexual awakening.
Tania Azevedo directs in this new musical based on the 1999 movie.
Here is my review of But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical:
But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical is based on the cult classic film of the same name. It’s a fun teenage comedy that pokes fun at the absurdity of prejudice and conversion camps in particular, but does it do enough to bring the message home?
I feel like I’m kicking a small, cute animal here, as this show is undeniably fun and admirable. It’s the first full production to emerge from the Turbine Theatre’s Musical Theatre Festival: I just don’t think it’s totally ready yet.
But I’m a Cheerleader is great fun and in several way parallels the musical Hairspray in terms of music and social message. Azevedo’s production threatens to burst off the stage several times and hopefully it will get an opportunity to do just that.
You have to read the programme to catch just how dangerous the still legal quack therapy is, so this stuff isn’t just serious, it’s relevant...The songs are peppy and poppy, but the score lacks the 11 o’clock number that would lift a second half that flags..
Still, this is a story that deserves attention. Gay conversion practices continue to be legal in the UK. Although the musical is rooted firmly in comedy, it shines a light on the horrors of such unethical treatments.
But at the moment, But I’m A Cheerleader is in its tricky pubescent period. There’s a nugget of musical theatre gold at its core, it just needs to mature and hit adulthood to finally blossom.