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I Should Be So Lucky musical reviews – what did the critics make of new production?

First reviews have dropped for the new musical I Should Be So Lucky.

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The new Stock Aitken Waterman jukebox musical features the soundtrack of a generation with music from the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan and Bananarama.

Written and directed by Debbie Isitt (the hit NATIVITY! franchise), I Should Be So Lucky follows young couple Ella and Nathan, hopelessly in love and about to take the biggest step of their lives – marriage. Until it doesn’t go quite to plan.

The new production opened at the Manchester Opera House this week where it plays to 25 November before a UK tour throughout this year and next.

I Should Be So Lucky reviews

Manchester Evening News - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Brand new musical I Should Be So Lucky was just the warm, comforting hug of a show that we all needed." - Dianne Bourne, read the full review

 

WhatsOnStage - ⭐⭐⭐

"It might be more messy weekend in Torquay than idyllic honeymoon in Turkey, but there’s luckily enough fun overall." - Matt Barton, read the full review

 

Great British Life - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"I Should Be So Lucky is a glorious cheesefest that will surely have audiences coming back again and again, joining Kylie and Ella in a celebration of some of the best loved tunes of the 80s." - Kate Houghton, read the full review

 

The Guardian - ⭐⭐

"When the songs are centre stage and it becomes a vehicle for the Hit Factory, the show flies, the choreography from Jason Gilkison is exemplary and performed with real star-turn panache by Lucie Mae-Sumner as Ella." - Nick Ahad, read the full review

 

Cheshire Live - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Isitt’s smart move here is to lean into the unapologetic and inherent campiness of the show which at first feels like a throwback to 70s sit coms but then you realise just how positive the portrayals of the more outrageous characters actually is and that you are laughing with them, not at them." - Michael Green, read the full review

 

I Should Be So Lucky musical plays across the UK throughout 2023 and into 2024.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.