Music: Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decliveo
Lyrics: Chris Bush and Miranda Cooper
Director: Amy Hodge
Based on Kate Pankhurst’s picture book of the same name, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World tells the story of a young girl called Jade (Eva-Marie Saffrey) who, trying to reconcile with her parents while awaiting a divorce, decides to go on an adventure and gets lost on a school trip to a museum.
This 70-minute musical follows Jade’s story and audiences go on a journey with her as she comes into contact with incredible women whose real-life stories have changed the world as we know it. From Marie Curie to Rosa Parks, the stories of these powerful women (plus ten more!)
In the lead role, Saffrey is strong and owns the scene from the second she steps on it. She has a fierce demeanor and gives a performance that goes beyond her years. The other “Fantastically Great Women” are all played by the same four actresses (Jade Kennedy, Frances Mayli McCann, Christina Modestou and Renèe Lamb) who take on every role given to them and bring that person’s story to life. If you had a kid in the 2000s, you might remember a TV show called “The Wiggles” and these four women created the same kind of energy and vibe that made The Wiggles one. so great success. They tell their individual stories in a fun but factual way and each of them has their own unique moments that stand out.
A special moment that stands out is during the song Facts, not words sung by McCann, who at the time played suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst. She takes the stage in a purple military-style outfit and is joined by the other girls who perform a brilliantly choreographed routine using chopsticks. Dannielle Lecointe’s choreography throughout the show is crisp and smooth, given that there are only a few of them on stage, their presence is definitely felt.
The band on stage adds to the concert style performance and helps create an electric atmosphere in the theater. While the stage is constantly buzzing with energetic songs and uplifting stories, there is one character who remains silent throughout the show and that is the wonderful “Bearoncè” – Jade’s teddy bear! If Bearoncè could speak, she would certainly tell you that if you have a child who loves music, history or the movie “Night at the Museum”, then this show is for him!
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is a wellness show that educates and inspires. This highlights that greatness comes from within and that no matter who you are or where you come from, if you have a dream or an ambition and are determined to succeed, you can make it happen… and in the process, you can even change the world!
Until Sunday January 2, 2022