Price Check! – The Musical

Price check 3A trolley full of laughs! 

Price Check! – The Musical is a new Australian musical comedy, offering some strong and independent competition to our American-dependent musical ears and eyes – much like the supermarket store of which this musical is set in. Like the characters in Price Check! – The Musical, it offers perspective from the small fish in a big bowl!

Narelle Sims (Belinda Hanne Reid) is a check out chick with a love for toy-boys; David Fisher (Sean Weatherly) is an educated fool with promotion on his mind; Zayeeb Dash (Grant Durham) has a fetish for fruit and vegetables, giving more energy than your daily five and two; Mr Butler (Paul Dawber) is the general manager who’s after the cash and a little ballroom dancing; and finally, Mrs Zimmerman (Jacqy Phillips) is an elderly Jewish woman and patron of the store who to the other character’s chargrin, is stuck in her branded ways. Price Check! – The Musical follows these small fish down the isle of life’s complications and explores the idea of having hopes and dreams, much in credit to the Australian way of life.

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Throw in the basket, a well choreographed dance crew and back up singers, with a cool dude playing the keys (Rainer Pollard) and humerous lyrics – and where necessary, sincere Aussie battler emotion you would only find well deep in the frozen section of quality Australian theatre – and, what do you have? Price Check!

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I found the musical well entwined with song, dance, and dialogue, and I especially liked how the songs resonated from each character throughout the musical to build the final scenes in the second act to a close which was both humerous and enlightening.

The characters are well rounded and entertaining. There is some serious check out chick talent in this musical; you won’t be getting the night-fill nightmares from this cast – they’re so hot to trot they could start a firesale!

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Don’t wait to see it, Price Check is here this week only, it’s a quality and local Australian musical  and its not hanging around as long as Christmas decorations in October do (and November and December)!

Price Check! – The Musical, directed by Noel Anderson, Written by Sean Weatherly & Cerise de Gelder, Choreographed by Dana Jolly and Musical Direction given by Rainer Pollard, is showing at Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street St Kilda from August 26th – 30th, 2015.

Don’t take a rain check – take a price check and book here!

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By Tracie Pascoe-Lark.

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