By Lukas Steinberg
Christmas comedy musical Holiday Hitch (read our pre-show interview with writer and actress Apphia Campbell here) premiered last Thursday, and while I’m a bit late on the review side, I’d still like to share my thoughts and encourage everyone interested to get tickets for the second and last weekend. So yeah, I’ve given it away in the first sentence: The play is another winner. Read on to find out why.
Having to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of musicals would be an understatement. When the play opened with the first Christmas song, I did not quite know what to expect from the next two hours, as I immediately felt like someone put me right into the middle of a ‘Glee’ episode, with all the kitsch and clichés that come along with it.
‘Holiday Hitch’ is a cheerful tale about two aspiring actresses who are struggling to finally have their big breakthrough in the New York showbiz and make a living out of their passion. Michelle (Apphia Campbell) works as a Starbucks barista while she attempts to receive recognition as a singer. Her friend and flatmate, spoiled uptown London brat Nicole (Cecilia Garcia) shares her career aspirations, but not so much the willingness to actually work hard for it. Add a man (Kevin Maxim as Dreamme) to the familiar formula and you have a feast of Chrismas duets, cheeky dialogues, jealousy, cattiness, backstabbing and friends who become your worst enemies. It goes without saying though that the holiday spirit is everywhere and all comes to a good end where everyone gets the chance to shine.
As predictable as the story may sound (and is): The dialogue is so well-written that it works perfectly for what the play wants to be, and the smart stage design and atmospheric lighting make good use of the limited space of Anken Green. All three actors show great talent, and while Garcia has most of the jokes on her side with her absolutely hilarious acting, Campbell and Maxim charm once more with their voices. We couldn’t help smiling throughout the play and left with a warm, Christmasy feeling.
The final Verdict
Was it fun? The answer is a clear yes. The totally not representative scientific survey among three attendants (the musical hater, the musical lover, the one who doesn’t care) confirms: Everybody had a really good time, and if you wanna get into the mood for the holidays with Christmas evergreens and some good laughs, you don’t wanna miss this charming little Christmas tale.