EDINBURGH REVIEWS: MUSICAL Boyband Overseas House

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EDINBURGH REVIEWS: MUSICAL

Boyband

Overseas House, Venue 19 (0131-225 5105), 9.15pm or 1am, to 30 Aug

CAN FRIENDSHIP survive and identities remain unchanged in the face of fame? Peter Morris embarks to explore these issues and others in Boyband, his examination of public and private superstardom. He bleakly concludes that each one of us is for sale; it's only the price that varies.

This is not an original realisation, but one which Morris brings home forcefully in the fraught context of boyband fame. The script is intelligent and perceptive, the direction skillful and the cast alert and energetic. The choreography and the songs successfully recreate the blandness of the average Top 20 hit, but whose lyrics are refreshingly tongue in cheek.

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