King’s Theatre Glasgow I Review – Fat Friends the Musical

Book, Lyrics and Director: Kay Mellor
Music: Nick Lloyd Webber
Musical Director: Michael Bradley

Fat Friends the Musical, a new stage musical spin-off of the ITV series has come to Glasgow King’s Theatre. This modernised and rewritten version arrived after eighteen years since it first appeared on screen. The principal characters remain the same with Kelly and her fiancé Kevin and the slim and beautiful Jewish and searching for love – Lauren as the leader of the slimming group. The story centres around the upcoming wedding of the two main characters, Kelly and Kevin. Kelly is said to have put some extra weight on and she realises once she tries to get into her dream wedding dress. The show explores dieting, body image and the want to lose weight in a light way, however it ends with a bang and with a strong message.

Written by BAFTA award winning writer Kay Mellor OBE, creator of the original hit series, and composed by Nick Lloyd Webber; FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL is being produced by Joshua Andrews and Adam Spiegel Productions.

The cast of the show is an incredibly strong one with Jodie Prenger in the main role, her performance in Shirley Valentine last year was breath-taking and she doesn’t disappoint as Kelly. Her signing, accent and character are fun and strong throughout the show. Names such as Elaine C Smith, Natasha Hamilton, Natalie Anderson and Kevin Kennedy are all part of this fun musical extravaganza. Songs are incredibly funny, catchy and well sang, ‘Chocolate’ had the audience in tears of laughter. I found the show very relatable and extremely on topic, with the news in the media everyday about body image and body positivity this is a timely show. It offers a fun and relaxed experience with your friends

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