4-7 November 2009
The Blues Brothers were born in 1978 in the USA as a comedy mix of kitsch and classic blues and soul. Since then, over 30 years, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi have been reprised many times. Being a fan of the film and soundtrack, it was a pleasure to see this Jake (Simon Connolly) and Elwood (Ben Watson) put such energy and talent into making the evening fly in a medley of great favourites (Everybody Needs Somebody to Love and Gimme Some Lovin’). Initially the audience were a little reluctant to join in, but as the show progressed there was a lively participation. Almost the whole audience were standing, clapping, singing and dancing. Jake and Elwood and the Soul Sisters entertained us with non-stop vocals and dancing. All credit to them and the supporting band.
Before the show started I noted a group of young lads in the front stalls wearing dark shirts, white ties and pork pie hats. In the interval I sought a couple out. Scott Cowden and Myles Cole, 17 and 18, were enthusiastic about the blues and as familiar with the Blues Brothers as I, which I find great fun since it connects the current generation with those (I say loosely) old enough to remember the original Blues Brothers. I find that refreshing. This group of teenagers made the most of the evening, and especially enjoyed the Soul Sisters.
I’d rate this show as 8/10. It would have got 10/10 but I couldn’t give it full marks as they left out the Rawhide song, a tragic omission in my view. How could they not do this one? They started the show with the Everybody Needs Somebody to Love song, which seemed a bit too early in the show for me. I’d hoped they reprise it in the encore, but they chose the Gimme Some Lovin’. Shame. A great show, go and enjoy and take your dancing shoes.