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Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Peggy Sue Got Married: Press views
Cast of Peggy Sue Got Married (Ruthie Henshall centre)
Peggy Sue Got married receives a muted response
Press reviews of Peggy Sue Got Married

London Evening Standard

Will 42-year-old Peggy Sue re-marry her wayward husband and high school sweet heart, Charlie? This is the big question posed by Jerry Leichtling's spunky new musical based on Francis Ford Coppola's 1986 movie.

But whether Leichtling's music is viably married to the story he wrote with Arlene Sarner is another question altogether. Luckily, Olivier Award winning former Chicago star Ruthie Henshall is cast in the leading role.

The Independent

The real blame lies with Kelly Robinson's generalised direction. The premise had possibilities, so why didn't he rework the show to realise its potential or, at the very least, stage it with the necessary energy and detail? When Charlie sings to Peggy Sue of his love, they're squashed downstage to cover a hidden scene change. Charlie exits, dejected. Henshall is left staring at his back with no script to play. She shrugs and leaves. What is she thinking as she arrives in the wings. My guess is: "Thank God my agent negotiated a seriously high weekly wage...'cause this ain't gonna be around very long."

The Guardian

"If you had the chance to relive your life, what would you change?" That question, posed in bold letters outside the Shaftesbury Theatre, has taxed the minds of philosophers and artists down the ages. But the only thing taxed by this blandly competent, psychologically conservative American musical is one's patience.

The Times

I'd have liked more inventive dancing in less predictable places than a parody nightclub for would-be dropouts and the sort of high school where students always run rather than walk and usually seem to be bopping when they aren't running. The story's transition from movie to the big musical stage isn't a failure - but it's only a partial success.

The Daily Telegraph

No one could describe Peggy Sue Got Married as a vintage musical. But those seeking undemanding entertainment, and a star performance that often transforms the turgid into the triumphant, should certainly give it a whirl.

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