Aloha 4 stars! From Here To Eternity opens on West End

Aloha 4 stars! From Here To Eternity opens on West End

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    After a 13-year absence from the West End, Sir Tim Rice's new musical FROM HERE TO ETERNITY has finally opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Based on James Jones's 1951 novel – which inspired the classic Oscar-winning Hollywood film starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed – the show received four stars from The Telegraph and The Express.

    Dominic Cavendish praised “handsome, sweet-voiced Robert Lonsdale [who] shines brightest in the role of Prewitt," in the production which “speak[s] to our inner grown-up about frustrated yearning, fleeting romance and pluck.”

    Simon Edge of The Express described the show as “a commendably ambitious work that makes a refreshing addition to the West End menu.”

    “The terrific cast and Rice's intelligent lyrics make this West End musical of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY a raw, gutsy adaptation of James Jones' 1951 novel.” He also complimented Lonsdale’s “soul-piercing tenor voice”, with “terrific support from Siubhan Harrison as his prostitute girlfriend Lorene.” Edge singled out “Ryan Sampson as the generous, swaggering Maggio [who] gives the stand-out performance of the show.”

    The Guardian's Michael Billington also applauded the creative team, including Stuart Brayson whose “score encompasses a variety of styles including military chorales, Hawaiian hula routines and bluesy solos” and “captures the feel of the 1940s.” The inventive choreography of Javier de Frutos “turns military drill into muscular dance routines and captures the sleazy sensuality of the aptly named New Congress Club.”

    The Times' Dominic Maxwell paid tribute to “Rice, Brayson and book-writer Bill Oakes, [who] have turned James Jones's story about forbidden love in wartime Pearl Harbor… into a show with an eye on the sorts of complexities and melodies of a golden age Broadway musical.”

    Book your FROM HERE TO ETERNITY tickets today!