Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

If you’re planning on making the trip to see Baby Wants Candy, get your title suggestions ready now! The audience for his fully improvised musical comedy has barely taken their seats (to music provided by the excellent four-piece house band, led by Dan Wessels) when the seven-person ensemble takes the stage and it’s all systems go.

The fact that the Baby Wants Candy performers could take one of the least funny items of clothing and craft before us a piece of musical theatre taking in Scientology, an Iraq amputee, gym membership, and chronic shoelessness, is a testament to these guys’ abilities – this is a riot.

Though we’re informed that some past titles for their shows included Mary Poppins has Ebola: The Musical, tonight’s show is given the less evocative name Trainers, decided on following a screaming match by the front-rows. The fact that the Baby Wants Candy performers could take one of the least funny items of clothing and craft before us a piece of musical theatre taking in Scientology, an Iraq amputee, gym membership, and chronic shoelessness, is a testament to these guys’ abilities – this is a riot.

Granted, there are a couple (just a couple) of moments when the momentum flags a little, but these are few and far between. What matters is the skill to get things going again and this is second nature to the cast. There’s a real fluidity between the group, with someone always ready to step in and get things going when necessary, or to simply add their own gag. Zach Reino’s and Chris Grace’s comic timing is razor sharp but you get the sense that praise could be given to any one of the seven on a given night.

More than anything else though, you get the sense that they are enjoying themselves (as nerve-wracking as it must be to go up in front of a full theatre with no script to fall back on), and the audience feeds off this.

At 15 pounds, the ticket price does seem a bit steep at first glance but when you consider the quality of the performers (both band and ensemble) on show, it is definitely worth it – guaranteed laughs.

Broadway Baby Radio Interview with Baby Wants Candy

http://www.broadwaybaby.com/news/baby-wants-candy/721

Reviews by Ryan O'Connor

Whistlebinkies

Alex Smith – Real Man

★★
Summerhall

Josie Long

★★★
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Tommy Tiernan: Under the Influence

★★★★
theSpace on North Bridge

Crave

★★★
Venue150 at EICC

Frankie Boyle: Prometheus Volume I

★★★★

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

One of the best known, longest running and most celebrated improv shows in the world. With runs in NYC, Chicago and international touring, Baby Wants Candy has performed over 2,500 completely improvised musicals, and has spawned the careers of top comedic actors and writers in the US. Based on an audience suggestion, the show is a roller-coaster ride of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty, jaw-dropping comedy. 'An entertainment phenomenon!' ***** (Scotsman). Critics' Pick (New York Times). ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). ***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Most Popular See More

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Hairspray

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Come From Away

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets