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CBB Presents

The Chicago Blues Brothers

Theatre Severn



One would imagine that at some time in your life you have become aware of the Blues Brothers?It is the wonderful cult film starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd. Undoubtedly one of the most important iconic and extremely funny films to come out  of the Nineteen Eighties. It observed all conventions of being an hilarious movie, became a hit and inspired a generation. All over the UK's pub and club scene, one could see Elwood’s with their harmonica cases chained to their wrists and one could see little, rotund John Belushi wannabees with their dead pan dance moves and total exuberance found from the fact that they are on mission from God..Got me?

Well that’s where this show was born and tonight they brought all that nostalgia back to the 1980’s when for some reason, we were all nostalgic for the Nineteen Fifties, only going to show nostalgia is a warm bath that we all love to immerse ourselves in every now and again when stark reality can be a place to escape for an hour or two. That is what was happening tonight. People were back in touch with a time they remember as being a happy time and and the English based Chicago Blues Brothers were there to accommodate such time travel wishes.

The whole journey was led by a rock solid backing band comprising of Horns, Keys, Guitars and Bass, Drums and some very tight and exciting vocals.  All the cast  created a feeling of seemy 1950's Chicago from their costumes alone. It was a well-dressed show.  The mis-en-scene was further assisted with some incredibly cool back projected drawn, “stills” from the movie in fact the whole projected picture show that accompanies this show is without doubt brilliantly put together. They are not new to the concept of using their audiences in their backdrop either, giving the audience the impression they can see themselves. They can’t… it’s from another show in another theatre but no one minded.

The backing singers were so much more. Not wishing in any way to denigrate the role of the backing vocalists one is usually unaware of what they can do alone. Not so with this band as they unselfishly pushed the two female vocalists, known as The Soul Sisters, to the front at every given opportunity and the girls delighted the crowd with their sultry, smokey vocals. You know the sexy voices that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Mike Hammer novel. Such is the level of excellence these girls have achieved with a very very lot of hard work and rehearsal. This one audience member was aware of the work the girls have put in and it was great.

Jake and Elwood Blues as the two male characters are called, were fantastic; Spot on. Jake really looked like Belushi and found his movement and mannerisms. Elwood Blues had that Dan Ackroyd presence his aloofness and his comedy..

To the audience tonight, they were the Blues Brothers and they have such an obvious hard-core following apparent throught the various Jakes and Elwoods that were dotted around the auditorium in their black glasses, boot lace ties and pork pie hats.

The Blues Brothers was a brilliant film. Belushi died so shortly after, so depriving the world of how the characters might have developed, tonight however, thanks to this talented bunch, Jake and Elwood arose again and guess what? They are still on a mission from God.

This Is a Three Star Review

Owen J.Lewis


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For many years Sofia wrote here under her male name Owen J. Lewis. She is now mostly writing under her own name of Sofia Lewis. Sofia, who worked on independent radio for over ten years, lives in Shrewsbury and writes plays. She has over 15 titles published and her plays are performed all over the world. She is especially popular in America. Her poetry is also often noted and she writes reams of it most weeks. Since graduating in theatre in 1997 Sofia has been an Actor, Filmmaker, and a Secondary School Teacher. Reviewing theatre is something she thoroughly enjoys and she loves to see great theatre. As a musician Sofia is known throughout the UK she is a folk singer, and is often seen or heard around her native county singing and having fun. Sofia has contributed to loveshrewsbury.com for over a decade and enjoys sharing her views on theatre. Sofia has one daughter and grew up in Church Stretton.

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