American Lates

An endearing display that demonstrates both exceptional vocal and instrumental talents. Beginning by apologising for the state of politics in his home country (a jibe at both Clinton and Trump), tenor Tom Randle takes to the stage with a sonorous take on the traditional American folk song, The Boatman. Halfway through I Bought Me a Cat, soprano Gillian Keith arrives behind the seated rows to warble her way into the Aaron Copland classic and join her colleague Randle on the stage in duet; the two, visibly expressive vocalists show a clear background in musical theatre.

A professional scale from all involved.

At the midway point we are treated to a beautiful rendition of Samuel Barber’s Nocturne, and it is here we begin to see the more illustrious talents of Chad Vindin, the man behind the player piano. Around the same time, Tom Randle enthusiastically provided us with a rendering of his own composition, a dedication to Walt Whitman that sees him sing the words of Reconciliation in praise of the American poet. Thereafter, Emily Sun arrives to the stage, somewhat late but nonetheless masterful of her art, to exhibit impressive skills on the violin.

The third quarter performs pieces by Leonard Bernstein, including West Side Story’s popular Tonight, before the closing three numbers pay tribute to George Gershwin, ending the night on a charming rendition of Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. It would have been nice to include Emily Sun in the final five minutes of the show. Still, the closer was nonetheless terrific, a stripped back version of Shall We Dance with amusing altered lyrics to their Scottish environment.

At times, the lighting does not effectively complement the talent on stage, but it would be unfair to put blame down to the venue choice. The biggest issue seems to be the exclusion of Emily Sun, where it does not feel that they use the violinist enough to justify her presence. Overall, however, the lasting outcome is sufficient in conveying musical talent on a professional scale from all involved.

Reviews by Stuart Mckenzie

Mirth Meltdown @ 52 Canoes

A Pessimist's Guide to Being Happy

★★★★
The Stand’s New Town Theatre

Is God a Psychopath?

★★★★
Gilded Balloon Teviot

John Pendal: Monster

★★★★★
The Jazz Bar

The Katet Plays Stevie Wonder

★★★★
Scottish Poetry Library

Umbrella Man

★★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Soprano Gillian Keith is joined by tenor Tom Randle, violinist Emily Sun and pianist Chad Vindin for this late-night concert of American classics, including Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland. Includes a glass of wine.

Most Popular See More

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

From £13.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £29.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets