I love a feel good musical and the Joseph and David Zellnik show Yank! is that and more with a style and grace to it that is pays an awesome homage to the musicals of the 40’s . acutely americana and if Rogers and Hart were alive they would be applauding out loud. This is sensational stuff and the way the songs ebb and flow throughout the whole show made for a memorable night of musical theatre. Yank tells the story of two American soldiers that full in love during WW2 This has to be kept secret due to the fear of arrest and prison sentence. Scott Hunter as Stu and Andy Coxon as Mitch are beautifully cast as is the story beautiful told. The staging of the musical numbers is pure Hollywood especially the tap number Click that is showcases to great effect the dance skills of Scott Hunter and Chris Kiely as Artie , Its clear also that the composers of this show have a love for Swing music as the musical direction by James Cleeve captured the mood of the period with stunning effect. Ad into the mix Sarah-Louise Young as Louise and also playing other female roles and you have songbird chanteuse that is perfection. I have seldom heard touch songs sung with such panache and passion.
I cannot praise this show enough and for an emotional night out in the west end this would be a show hard to beat. The show intentionally pulls at your heartstrings and to quote the promotional message that appears on the poster for the show. ‘ Some stories did not make it into the history books’ i ‘m now very grateful that it now has.
4 stars runs to the 19th August , Box office 08444 930650 www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk