Daniel Evans's production is a triumph! From the opening overture performed as a ballet by the lone figure of Liat (Sera Maehara) to the parade of the US Marines on the circular stage we know we are in an island in the South Seas, invaded by the American military.
This much-loved, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical opened in 1949 to huge success, becoming one of Broadway’s longest running hit shows. It boasts one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most memorable scores, featuring songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i.
With a book written by the British creators, Ben Adams singer of the boy band A1 and writer and actor Chris Wilkins, Eugenius! creates the kind of vibe I experienced in seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show on stage at a former cinema in the King's Road, Chelsea in the early 1970s. It wasn't just the rock music, the gloriously over the top performances and costumes but the humour that was so delightful and I get the same feeling from Eugenius!.