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All About Theatre Four Star review

Rediscover resilience, laughter, and the power of Dolly in 'Here You Come Again'—a musical journey of hope and heart."

"Here You Come Again" at Leeds Playhouse marks a refreshing addition to the realm of musical theatre, combining the timeless allure of Dolly Parton's music with a modern narrative that resonates with audiences of all ages. Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the production encapsulates the struggles and triumphs of its protagonist, Kevin, as he navigates life's uncertainties with the help of an unexpected mentor—Dolly Parton herself. With a creative team boasting talents like Bruce Vilanch and Tricia Paoluccio, and the adaptation for UK audiences by Jonathan Harvey, this production promises a unique and engaging theatrical experience.

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At its core, "Here You Come Again" is a story of resilience, self-discovery, and the transformative power of music. Protagonist Kevin finds himself in the midst of a personal crisis, seeking solace in the familiar tunes of Dolly Parton amidst the isolation of his childhood home's attic. As he grapples with the aftermath of a breakup and the uncertainties of the pandemic, Kevin's world is turned upside down when his idol, Dolly Parton, materialises before him, offering guidance and inspiration in unexpected ways.

The narrative unfolds with humour, heart, and moments of genuine poignancy, as Kevin and Dolly embark on a journey of self-reflection and growth. Through witty banter, heartfelt conversations, and spirited musical performances, Kevin learns valuable life lessons and rediscovers his sense of purpose, all under the watchful eye of his larger-than-life mentor.

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The production's set design by Paul Wills is a masterclass in immersive storytelling, transporting audiences into Kevin's attic sanctuary with meticulous attention to detail. From vintage memorabilia to twinkling fairy lights, every element of the set contributes to the atmosphere of nostalgia and warmth, setting the stage for Kevin's transformative journey.

Complementing the evocative set design is the innovative lighting scheme, which enhances the mood and emotion of each scene with subtlety and precision. From soft, ethereal glows to dramatic spotlights, the lighting design adds depth and dimension to the storytelling, creating visual moments that are both captivating and evocative.

Of course, no musical would be complete without its soundtrack, and "Here You Come Again" delivers in spades. The iconic hits of Dolly Parton serve as the heartbeat of the production, with timeless classics like "9 to 5," "Jolene," and "I Will Always Love You" woven seamlessly into the fabric of the narrative. Each musical number is performed with passion and panache, transporting audiences on a nostalgic journey through the soundscape of Dolly's illustrious career.

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The cast of "Here You Come Again" is a tour de force of talent, led by the dynamic duo of Steven Webb and Tricia Paoluccio. Webb's portrayal of Kevin is both endearing and relatable, capturing the character's wit, vulnerability, and ultimately, his resilience in the face of adversity. Paoluccio embodies the spirit of Dolly Parton with uncanny precision, channeling the icon's charisma, charm, and larger-than-life personality with infectious energy and authenticity.

Supporting the leads is a talented ensemble of performers who bring depth and dimension to the production with their stellar vocals and dynamic stage presence. From poignant ballads to raucous ensemble numbers, each member of the cast shines in their respective roles, elevating the overall impact of the performance with their collective talent and chemistry.

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In summary, "Here You Come Again" is a triumph of storytelling, blending the timeless appeal of Dolly Parton's music with a contemporary narrative that speaks to the challenges and triumphs of the human experience. With its stellar cast, evocative set design, and infectious soundtrack, the production offers a captivating theatrical experience that is both heartwarming and uplifting. Whether you're a diehard Dolly fan or simply seeking an evening of entertainment, "Here You Come Again" is a must-see musical that will leave you smiling, singing, and believing in the power of love, laughter, and the resilience of the human spirit.

"Here You Come Again" is on at Leeds Playhouse until Saturday 8th June 2024, you can purchase tickets by clicking on the button below.

If you would like more information about the show and see where it will be touring to please click the button below for the show's official website.

Running time - 2 hours 20 mins inc interval

Age guidance - 11+

Ticket - £15.00 - £40.00

Photo Credit - Hugo Glendinning

*Our tickets for this show were kindly gifted in exchange for an honest review


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