Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical
To my memory, there have been four times in my life that I have laughed so hard that I have been concerned for my health as I struggled to breath.
Last night, I added a fifth.
The five person cast of Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical rapidly stole my ability to take in oxygen, and absolutely blew me away.
After settling on the title of “Not Now, Mother”, they proceeded to do exactly what the title suggests. Over 60 minutes they created a clever storyline with characters, running jokes and of course plenty of show tunes to tie it all together.
From the very first scene the audience was hooked. As they burst into song, setting the scene for the musical to come, it became clear this was so such more than your average improvisation show.
The cast is seriously talented. Each a magnificent singer in their own right, but also able to find quick and clever jokes at every opportunity and help each other to develop the story.
Picking up on the details of their fellow cast members’ dialogue creates some big laughs for the Impromptunes troop. An off the cuff comment about one character’s beautiful eyes, for example, meant she was suddenly dressed head to toe in a paper bag, with only eye holes cut out, in an effort to impress the “sexy boys at the discotech”.
It’s wild, random and unpredictable. But, it works.
While there are moments where the cast forget the character names they’ve just made up, or sing a line of a song only to realise they’ve ended on a word for which no rhyme can be found, it only adds to the fun.
The confidence and joy they bring to the stage is truly infectious.
Due equal credit for the astounding cleverness of the show is their pianist, Hayden. Providing a soundtrack with an ever-changing tempo, his musical selections guide the performers through the ups and downs of the story.
If you’re in the mood for a truely unique show, get your hands on Impromptunes tickets.
You’ll be roaring (or in my case suffocating) with laughter and wondering how on earth the show is being made up on the fly.