The Miserables at Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), until 28 August.
Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩
The plot for this show uses the device of one girl leaving and a new girl just starting. One dreams a dream (yes, really) of a life away from this place and her boss. The new girl is a Tinder addict whose career falls short of her capabilities. The boss is possibly best described as a ‘third wheel’.
Using a backing track of the Les Misérables score, the dull world of flooring sales is set to music.
Some adaptations are more successful than others: ‘Lovely Ladies’ becomes ‘sec-re-taries’ which scans pretty well; ‘Master of the House’ a bit less successful as ‘general manager’. Both work better than ‘Do you hear the bosses ‘we’?’
I can imagine this would be fun for people working together to come and see. As a standalone show, there are some good vocal performances: ‘A Little Fall of Rain’ is sung well, for example, but the originality is stifled at almost every turn. The cast has stronger talent than this show allows them to exploit.