Here's a strange double act for you to take in over your cornflakes, or whenever you read your Post.
Scuttling back into the office last night (deadlines to meet etc) I met a colleague on the way out. He knew where I'd been.
Colleague: "How did it go?"
Critic: Hearty slap on the thigh.
Colleague: "Ye-haaaar!" Two elderly journalists collapsed in giggles is not a pretty sight.
Unlike the the splendid young cast of this show. It's a piece that stands or falls by the dance numbers, and here they are bursting with verve and energy.
Full marks to Adrian Allsopp's choreography brilliantly achieved by some seriously talented young performers, many of them not long out of stage school.
There are some great routines in the acrobatic style associated with the show. You won't see higher leaps in any of the Birmingham Royal Ballet's productions this season, with Jay Webb impressive in the role taken by Russ Tamblyn in the legendary film.
Good punchy music from the pit as well and a usefully versatile set by Charles Camm.
Maurice Lane, the director has clearly had to think carefully about the many and varied stages his company will be performing on during a long tour. The Alex, frankly seemed a shade crammed, but the company coped as well as you'd expect from professionals working at this standard - although a 15-minute late start through the usual "technical problems" doesn't augur well for the rest of the tour.
The performances of the stars does, however.
Dave Willetts and Shona Lindsay, both, coincidentally Midlanders, have played these parts in previous productions and their rapport is a treat to witness in this new version of the show.
Dave is responsible for much of the "Ye-haaaar!" factor with an audiencepleasing turn just the right side of of being corny and with some nice boyish touches.
Shona carries all before her, belting out the famous tunes with gusto and adding just enough emotional depth to make us sympathise with her plight without losing the froth that's the main attraction of the evening.
Great tunes and fine performances. Another Alex feelgood evening.
Running time 21/2 hours. Until Saturday.