Son of a Preacher Man, The Kings Theatre Edinburgh:
Sometimes I’m often left wondering just how a musical so bad can make it to the stage, never mind a full national tour, Son of a preacher man the musical is just one of those productions. With a frankly lacklustre book by Warner Brown, telling the confused story of a music shop, the titular son of a preacher man, long since transformed into a coffee shop but run by the son of the music shop owner Simon (performed wonderfully by Ian Reddington). It supposed to be a look back at the good old days in London’s iconic Carnaby street by those who were there and now living in a modern world where it all seemed so much better Then. It’s also coupled by modern day will they won’t they love story featuring Kat (an indisposed Diana Vickers was replaced with a strong performance from Jess Barker).
This is a complete misfire of a show, throwing plot lines drawn from any soap opera script including the token gay couple for no other effect than to pad out the plot as oppose develop the storyline to any great effect.
This is purely a writing failure, direction from Craig Revel Horwood is typical of his style deploying Actor/Musicians to deliver the shows saving grace the music of Dusty Springfield although they rely heavily on “the look of love” which just keeps reappearing in various versions throughout the show to the point your exhausted hearing it from over use.
The cast deliver excellently on what’s asked from them and the music of Dusty stands the test of time coupled with great lighting and a functional touring set that glows in all the right places. However, with a shoddy script your stuck before you even let the curtain rise. This show could have been so much more, but for those who adore Dusty Springfield music this will be a night in the theatre you’ll appreciate and if you can work out the story you’ll earn a real sense of achievement.
“Son of A Preacher Man” Kings theatre Edinburgh, Run Ended, Production visits Glasgow Kings Theatre from 7th May 2018 and Aberdeen Her Majesty’s Theatre from June 18th, 2018.