Life through a lens – Exposure the Musical
St. James Theatre SW1 to 27 August
Let’s face it musicals are not everyone’s cup of tea.
Sometimes weak on plot and, even if the singing is first class – as it always is in London’s West End – musicals can be rather hit and miss. So heading to Victoria on one of the hottest nights of the year to review Exposure the Musical it has to be said I was somewhat unenthusiastic.
But I am delighted to report that Exposure is fantastic from start to finish. For a musical it has surprising depth.
Also, what a joy to discover St James Theatre! Away from the hustle and bustle, yet a short walk from Victoria station, this is a hidden gem in London’s theatre-land.
So does this musical have a narrative? Yes, it really does and, apart from the inevitable love interest the hero also faces a strong moral dilemma that is very relevant today, where celebrity culture competes with harrowing life and death events that can sometimes blur our senses with photographs that have the power to reveal or distort the truth. There’s also an emotional theme about father – son relationships that is very moving. I don’t want to spoil the story for you by giving too much away, other than to say I loved everything about the show.
Stunning sets featuring iconic photographs courtesy of Getty Images emphasize the power of the photograph and photographers; talented and vibrant performers; outstanding vocal leads and a truly great range of music from rock to ballads. Exposure does what all great musicals should – a good story with songs that have you tapping your feet, wiping away the occasional tear and leaving the theatre singing.
I would be surprised if the show doesn’t transfer to the West End – it’s only on at St. James until 27 August so see it here whilst you can. It’s such an intimate theatre (seats around 300) you almost feel part of the show as the artists are close to the audience and the acoustics are excellent. In addition, there is a lovely spacious bar with plenty of seating rather than the usual crush and a brasserie for pre-theatre suppers that is very reasonably priced. Seat prices range from £15 – £50 with concessions for over 60s offered on some performances.
I enjoyed it so much I’m going again and will take him indoors – I know he’ll love it too.
Chrissy Nason was invited to the opening night of Exposure the Musical at St. James Theatre SW1.