Review of a Rodgers and Hart revue playing at the Watermill, in The Telegraph.
Ten Cents a Dance, a celebration of the songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, does away with the idea of a book altogether. It is, however, much more than a recital, creating a haunting, dream-like atmosphere in which 90 minutes pass in a haze of pure pleasure. MORE
Faced with Rodgers and Hart's catalogue of more than 500 songs, two obvious options are open to the deviser of a compilation show.
He can present a Side by Side by Sondheim-style revue, using a narrator to introduce the numbers. Or he can try something more difficult, and attempt to link the greatest hits with a brand new book, like the recent Gershwin show, My One and Only.
Doyle, however, who over the past few years has been reinventing classic musicals at the Watermill in stripped-down ensemble productions in which the performers double as the band, opts instead for a seamless flow of hits.