by Danielle, New York Guest Concierge
If you’re in the mood for laughing then you HAVE to see One Man, Two Guvnors!!
You won’t be disappointed.
This wonderful British farce with elements of commedia dell’arte (an old Italian term referring to a type of comedy incorporating music and dance along with dialogue, often with some element of improvisation) has just joined Broadway’s roster and we are so glad! Broadway shows that invoke true, wonderful belly laughs sometimes feel rare, and this one offers enough that you’ll walk out feeling like you got a full workout.
The show begins with a band, The Craze, entertaining guests with Hermans Hermits style folky 1960’s songs. It’s a great way to start the show as latecomers don’t interrupt the beginning of the performance (you should still get there on time though!) and the bouncy, happy songs really set the mood. It was during this time at the beginning of the show that my husband asked “why did they bring over the whole British cast? Why not just recast here?” That question was answered in the first 20 minutes of the show–because you can’t duplicate the chemistry and comic timing that this cast has, INCREDIBLE!!
One Man, Two Guvnors is a story about a man, a man who sometimes isn’t the brightest bulb in the box. He somehow gets two employers who are seemingly working against him, yet they are for each other but don’t know it and neither does he. Follow me?? If you don’t, all the better because that’s where the comedy lies. I don’t want to give too much away because it might ruin your evening – every moment of this show should be a surprise!
James Corden, the lead fool, does a marvelous job of balancing the hilarity and working the audience. People have been known to respond out loud to him from the audience because they are so caught up in the story and his role.
It was a delight of an evening full of belly laughs and people running around, great music that I’m still singing, and everyone getting their just desserts.
Everyone should see this show. It’s appropriate for children over 12 (there is some sexuality) and anyone who loves to laugh!