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LEFT IN A BIND

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TELL ME ON A SUNDAY
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
lyrics by Don Black
Director: David Coddington
Musical Director: Robin Kelly
Produced by: The Real Theatre Company

at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St, Auckland
From 14 Nov 2012 to 24 Nov 2012
[1 hr, no interval]

Reviewed by Matt Baker, 15 Nov 2012
originally published in Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog

With the right vehicle a musician can stake their claim in the world of acting. From Madonna in 1996's Evita to Melanie Brown in the 2004 revival of Rent, the musical stage and screen is becoming readily accepted as a platform on which such musical artists may step. I was excited at the prospect of not only seeing the one-woman Andrew Lloyd Webber show Tell Me On A Sunday for the first time, but for the fact that Carly Binding was that one woman. However, with David Coddington at the wheel as director, this vehicle could be Binding's tomb.

The fact that Coddington is not only the Associate Director of the South Seas Film and TV School which he co-founded in 1991 (the on-screen acting course of which he developed 10 years later), but is also the Head of the School of Performing Arts at the Manukau Institute of Technology is genuinely terrifying.

My heart goes out to Binding who has been left to, certainly not strut, but fret her hour upon the stage with some of the most superfluous stage direction I've ever seen. She is full of sound, but no fury, which leads to me wonder whether Coddington actually delved into anything to do with the concept of reacting truthfully under imaginary circumstances with Binding, because there is clearly something in her which wants to break out, but hasn't been shown how to. [More
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