It takes a lot of talent to hold any audience's attention for an hour and a half; if a story starts to lag, you've lost them, and it's very difficult to get them back. Sometimes if you're watching a big musical, and one of the actors give a weak performance, it can be compensated by uplifting music, but when a play is more intimate there is nowhere to hide.
For that reason, Rooms: A Rock Romance, was at high risk of heavy criticism. With a cast of only two actors (and a few pre-recorded voice-overs), this brand new show, directed by Andrew Keates, could have gone so terribly wrong. I mean, come on, who has heard of a musical with only two people? Musicals are supposed to be big, bombastic feel good shows; can you really get that from a cast of two?
Well, apparently so. Rooms has received a glowing press release; Talk Entertainment warned of a 'Hit Alert!', while Broadway World thought it was a 'new contender for Best Musical'.
Starring Eurovision's runner-up, Alexis Gerred, and Wicked's original Elphaba, Cassidy Janson, Rooms is about two 1970s rock artists from different ends of the spectrum. Both are Glaswegian, but where one wants to rock the world stage, the other is quite content to stay in his one little room. The show is playing at the Finborough Theatre until the 18th May with tickets £18 or £16 for concessions. There are weekend matinees at 3pm, and evening performances at 7.30pm, Tuesday-Saturday.