Summer Spectacular, Bridlington Spa
By Mike Brown
THIS year’s Summer Spectacular at Bridlington Spa certainly lived up to it’s billing.
Kicking off Showtime at the Spa was a musical performance that set the tone for the whole evening, from singers Alex Weatherhill, Alan Richardson, Patsy Lowe and Wendy Abraham with able support from dancers from the Collette Tyler School of Dance.
This was followed by the first part of an hilarious set from the comedians’ comedian, Yorkshireman Johnnie Casson, who was in full flow with his own brand of warm and nostalgic humour.
His performance contained enough jokes to keep the adults in the crowd nudging and winking, without forgetting about the youngsters who laughed heartily all the way through.
Next up was ukulelist Andy Eastwood, with his ukulele banjo renditions of singalong George Formby numbers, 1950s rock and roll played on the electric guitar and even a piece on the violin, he was the very definition of variety.
Impressionist Wink Taylor, along with his risque puppet Theo the Mouse, got the audience on side with a barrage of witty one liners and audience participation on both sides of the interval.
The Company’s impeccable performances of songs from Oliver and Mary Poppins brought a touch of West End glamour to the Spa, with some fantastic performances from youngsters appearing from Bridlington’s Collette Tyler School of Dance.
However, it was brothers Richard and Adam Johnson, tenor/baritone duettists, who stole the show.
The pair, from Flintshire in North Wales, delivered a medley of musical classics topped off with a moving version of ‘The Impossible Dream’, which had audience members on their feet with applause while others
dabbed tears away with handkerchiefs.
Richard 21, along with his 18-year-old brother Adam, have already signed a deal with Sony Records and Richard spoke to us after the show.
“The reaction we are getting in Bridlington is absolutely amazing,” he said.
“We have just set out on our own and it is difficult to put into words how much we appreciate what people are saying about us. We are overwhelmed.
“Our Nan was a big influence on us when we were younger, she is a huge fan of people like Mario Lanza, so we just had a go at singing her favourite songs and she said that we sounded good. We went from there and we hope to have our album out next year.”
Showtime at The Spa continues at the Spa every Wednesday and Thursday evening, at 7.30pm, until September.
Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £8 for children - with one child going free for every adult ticket purchased. Tickets available from Spa Box Office on 01262 678258.