REVIEW: Penny Millionaire, Joseph Rowntree, York

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What a legacy of love and laughter Bev Jones has inspired in his company as it presented the premiere of his completed version of Penny Millionaire.

Proceeds from the production will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, a condition which now afflicts this musical maestro.

Thanks to the love of his wife Lesley, with director/choreographer Iain Harvey, musical director James Rodgers, and cast and crew, Bev’s piece has been brought to life with a passion he would have been proud of.

Rory Mulvihill shone in his role of struggling artist, Paul Gauguin; his powerful, passionate rendition of King No Country really helped you to empathise with the artist’s plight. Craig Kirby commanded the space as the Narrator, brilliantly linking the story together.

It was wonderful to see past and present pupils from Woldgate: Iain Harvey demonstrated his skills as a choreographer, singer and dancer; Tom Leiby too, proved to be a superb dancer. Demi Lanham gave a delightful rendition of Delightful Days, and Lawrence Crawford nearly stole the show at times with his inspired portrayal of the Mime Artist.

Outstanding music from a 12-piece band, with stunning special effects and lighting (Adam Moore) all helped to ensure that the Bev Jones Music Company will keep Bev’s musical flame burning brightly.