2020 The Musical

2020 the musical follows main characters Emily Goodhand and Adam Pictor, two musical theatre performers who have faced a lot of rejection, finally get their big break in a show that’s shutdown only two weeks into running due to the beginning of the Covid lockdowns.

Hilariously charming with a hopeful feel

With tap dancing elderly people, a West End style performance in Lidl and a funny yet scarily accurate impersonation of Boris Johnson, this show is completely absurd yet represents our reality as a nation in 2020.

We follow four main dancers who face furlough, unemployment, and loneliness. For our two primary characters – Adam and Emily – they manage to find employment and keep going with life. Emily, who gained a crush on Adam during their short time working on the musical, goes on to become a carer for the elderly, helping the nation during Covid. Through this Emily and Adam reunite as one of the elders she looks after turns out to be Adam’s grandfather.

From here we follow both their journeys, Emily secretly fawning for Adam while Adam focuses on seeing his grandfather and also working at his new job in Lidl.

This musical shares the harsh realities of what it meant for people working in the theatre industry during 2020. This musical is based on a very hard time had by all yet still manages to come off as hilariously charming with a hopeful feel.

With many a song, dance breaks and so many gags and jokes this show is actually quite funny, which was surprising as I didn’t expect this musical to be so positive.

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Reviews by Jessica Leanne

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The Blurb

You think you know this story. You don't. This brand-new musical celebrates human resilience in every form. From the West End stage to the shelves of Lidl, care homes to the doors of Number 10, these are the uplifting and unexpected true stories of everyday heroes as you've never heard them before. Featuring unprecedented levels of talent, you're invited to a heart-warming, show-stopping party. And unlike Downing Street, everyone's invited. 'Refreshing and nostalgic... the one thing 2020 was so desperately lacking – just a bit of fun!' **** (MusicalTheatreReview.com).

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