THEATRE REVIEW: Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story, New Alexandra Theatre (Birmingham), 27.01.2012

Playing to a sell out audience on their first night in Birmingham, this is the poignant and moving story of Washington-born singer Eva Cassidy. By the time of her death, she was unknown outside Washington but within four years Terry Wogan discovered and promoted her haunting interpretation of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to the top of the chart.
This sad but uplifting musical play journeys through her life, from her idyllic childhood growing up in a musical family, to her studio work with boyfriend and mentor Chris Biondo; to the exuberant live recording of “Blues Alley” arriving finally to her tragically premature death at the age of only 33.
This emotive award winning musical had the audience both up and dancing and in tears. Incredibly moving and heart breaking, the musical highlights the love of Eva Cassidy’s Family and friends for her and how she was in good spirits throughout her battle with cancer.
Full of Eva Cassidy’s best loved songs including, “Fields of Gold”, “Over the Rainbow” and “Songbird”, Sarah Jane Buckley left the audience amazed by her incredibly touching voice.
More than a musical life-story, “Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story” is a show for anyone who has lost someone they love. A thoroughly entertaining and a truly memorable experience and continues to tour the U.K.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Eleni Kypridemos 

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