The sun was certainly shining down at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last night at the opening of Club Tropicana the Musical.
It was like stepping back into a time machine watching the 80s extravaganza unfold with all the cheese you’d expect. Welcomed to the Club Tropicana hotel by host Joe McElderry, we are sucked into the world of pina colada and package holidays. When budding bride and groom get cold feet they decide to jet off on holiday but end up in the same hotel. We meet the hilarious owners, ridiculous Spanish housekeeper and of course the incredibly camp host played by Joe McElderry. When they suspect a hotel inspector has checked in, everything starts going wrong…
It’s the classic cheesy storyline that lacks depth but oozes humour. Set to a spectacular soundtrack of 80s hits such as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Take On Me, The Look Of Love, She Drives Me Crazy, Fantastic Day, Opps Upside Your Head and so much more, you can’t help but enjoy this brilliantly bonkers production.
Kate Robbins is fantastic as the Spanish housekeeper Consuela as her dry humour and sarcastic tone is fiercely funny. Bringing huge character to the performance, she even delves into some terrific impressions that had the audience howling with laughter.
Joe McElderry returns to the Grand as a regular favourite in the role of Entertainment Host Gary and his stage presence is excellent. Bursting with charisma, he really feels at home on stage back in Wolverhampton and the audience adore him. He gives a panto-style performance with his audience interaction and it is greeted with huge enthusiasm. Despite the role being hilariously over the top, you still find yourself completely wowed by his vocals that put a tremendous spin on the 80s classics.
Whilst it will never be your slickest show, the talent of the cast really does create an exciting atmosphere. Karina Hind proves her show-stopping vocals as Lorraine alongside her girl squad Tracey (Rebecca Mendoza) and Andrea (Tara Verloop). Nick Winston’s choreography is exceptional and really brings the party to life as the ensemble are electric with their movement.
Club Tropicana is the perfect escapism and a guaranteed fun night out at the theatre as it celebrates the 80s in the most incredibly over the top way. It’s tacky, cheesy, superbly sparkly and quite frankly something everybody needs a little bit of right now – I just couldn’t enough!