Edinburgh Fringe Review: A-Team – The Musical

12 Aug

*****

Bringing back the A-Team may have proved impossible for Justin Lee Collins but in the cramped confines of Edinburgh’s Gilded Balloon Wine Bar those celebrated soldiers of fortune have well and truly returned.

This time around, as well as being armed with machine guns, revolvers and the odd blow torch, they’ve added song and dance routines to their arsenal, retro-themed synth pop ditties vying with bad 80s hairstyles for the attention of the sold out audience.

The plot is as throwaway as it ever was: a pretty young girl in peril (Ruth Bratt) calling on the team to help her fight the money-grabbing Action Jackson (a manic John Dorney) before he destroys her emporium of rare animals in the Deep South.

Just as in the TV show, BA Baracus gets the most love from the crowd, Vincent Jerome looking like an identikit Mr T, give or take a few pounds, as he keeps getting tricked into getting on those planes.

Matthew Ashcroft also impresses as “Howling Mad” Murdock, an extended sequence in which various characters from the original series are resurrected (including a mention (and this is for the real fans) the Range Rider from Season One), a highlight of the piece.

It may be a bit rough around the edges, but then there’s no Hollywood budget for this loving recreation of a show that never exactly took itself seriously in the first place.

A Team: The Musical, Gilded Balloon Wine Bar, until 31 August, 5.30pm, £8 – £10

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One Response to “Edinburgh Fringe Review: A-Team – The Musical”

  1. Jules 13 August, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    I saw this at the weekend and didn’t like it but can see where you’re coming from, just thought it was a bit amateur that’s all.

    I’d give it 2 stars.

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