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  • Review by john Murray

Bubbles and Martini Fringe 2017

Bubbles and Martini

theSpace at Surgeons' Hall

What would happen if Dean Martin made a comeback and met with the crooners of today? Somebody like Michael Buble for example? The closest we get can be viewed in this all original show starring Jamie Walker and Steve Pontin who both wrote and devised the show. They first came together in the Dean Martin Christmas Show a Fringe hit from last year at Greenside but this time the pair are on their own at the cocktail hour of five past 7.

They trade jokes and insults and songs in less than an hour under the heat of Theatre 2 in Surgeons Hall. Deano opens with That’s Amore and the hits keep coming like Everybody Loves Somebody, Kick In The Head and You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You while Bubbles replies with an accurate arrangement of Cry Me A River, Fly Me To The Moon and an inspired Home. The highlight was Evening In Roma which they both took in turn and even the Italiano parts.

The show was well rehearsed, fast moving and humorous on two levels – the Rat Pack era Martini jokes and the Bubbles modern day quips trading side by side – like Me And My Shadow in fact a song they couldn’t really leave out. They closed with Bring Me Sunshine normally heard from Morecambe & Wise which mixed into the original as the boys left the stage in Eric & Ernie style.

For a debut show this was accomplished and for a sell out run before opening or previews a glorious triumph and one that should return in 2018

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