Mild-mannered From Here To Eternity musical: Erotic as a picture postcard

24 Oct


Theatre Review: From Here To Eternity at Shaftesbury Theatre

It’s 1941: war is raging across the globe and the members of G Company are growing bored in their easy berth of Hawaii.

They engage in fractious barrack-room banter and involve themselves in impossible romances, little knowing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour is about to shake up their lives.

Perhaps interpreting its title too literally, this stage adaptation of James Jones’s 1951 novel takes an eternity to achieve narrative focus. Even then, emotions rarely threaten to boil over.

As hard-bitten First Sergeant Milt Warden, Darius Campbell (of Pop Idol fame), demonstrates vocal grace but rarely allows a visible emotion to curdle his matinee-idol good looks.

The musical marks the return of lyricist Tim Rice. With composer Stuart Brayson, he’s crafted some smart, consciously old-fashioned tunes: Run Along Joe is so catchy you’ll be singing along before Siubhan Harrison’s Lorene has…

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