겟업에서 양말을 신은 아린제 케네, 일어서다!: Bob Marley’s soulful, 거룩한, pulsating reggae is here in abundance
가사극장, 런던 Until April 3, 2hrs 30mins
걱정하지마, as Bob Marley would say, you’ll feel a whole lot better coming out of this show than you did going in. It’s a wholly convincing resurrection of the reggae superstar, who died from cancer in 1981 노인들 36.
아린제 케네가 양말을 신는 퍼포먼스를 펼치고 있다., delivered against a backdrop of poverty, gun violence and a great wall of loudspeakers. It feels edgy and sounds fabulous, even if the story is overloaded and sketchy.
You naturally get all the juke-box standards including Could You Be Loved, Stir It Up, I Shot The Sheriff, Redemption Song, Jamming and, 드디어, 일어나, 일어서다 (which the audience did more than happily).
Arinzé Kene (위) gives a socking performance, delivered against a backdrop of poverty, gun violence and a great wall of loudspeakers
Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall touches, fascinatingly, on Bob’s abandonment by his parents (Nate Simpson plays Bob as a young boy), his stardom, his ambivalent flirtation with Jamaican politics, his attempted assassination and the CIA’s idiotic fear of him as a potent black messiah.
Chris Blackwell (Henry Faber), who founded Island Records, is a pivotal part of the Bob Marley legend, along with Peter Tosh (Natey Jones) and Bunny Wailer (Jacade Simpson), Bob’s soul mates in the band.
There’s a lovely vignette of the lads touring the UK in 1974, miserably failing to hitch a ride in a Leicestershire snowstorm.
If Kene’s plaintive voice holds the show together, Shelley Maxwell’s choreography provides a cool, sinuous groove for the dance ensemble. But the evening would be diminished without Gabrielle Brooks as Bob’s long-suffering wife Rita, whose rendition of No Woman, No Cry brims with anger at his serial adultery.
Likewise, Shanay Holmes as Bob’s beauty queen lover makes Waiting In Vain a piercing ballad of hurt.
Director Clint Dyer gets the event to feel like a live gig, with a ganja-like scent wafting into the stalls. Bob’s soulful, 거룩한, pulsating reggae is here in abundance and it’s a joy to be wrapped in it.