Review: Club Tropicana, Edinburgh Playhouse

As former X Factor star Joe McElderry bounces onto the stage and demands the audience stand up to learn a synchronised dance routine, it’s difficult to have high expectations for Club Tropicana The Musical.

Thankfully, the only way is up after such an anxiety-inducing intro and what follows is a surprisingly fun and professional stage show bursting with cheese, laughter and nostalgic 80’s hits.

The Club Tropicana story is simple: it follows what happens when a jilted groom and his former fiancee end up unexpectedly staying at the same holiday resort after trying to make the most of their non-refundable honeymoon. As if that wasn’t enough, the loveable but clueless staff at Club Tropicana are running around trying to secure a positive rating from a mystery hotel inspector- no mean feat when your property makes Faulty Towers look like a 5-star luxury resort.

Visually, the show is a fluorescent explosion of Love Island meets Barbie’s Malibu Dream House. The characters are as colorful as the bright costumes with McElderry turning in a great performance as the ever-enthusiastic Entertainment Manager Garry. The real star of the show, however, is Dinner Ladies star Kate Robbins who steals the show every time she takes to the stage as spunky hotel maid Consuela.

With a fast-paced soundtrack comprising a never-ending stream of disco-tastic hits from the Eighties, Club Tropicana isn’t for everyone. But if you’re willing to embrace the silliness and take the show for what it is, you’re guaranteed a giggle and a sing-a-long.

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