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This review is from: By Jeeves (Audio CD)
A 1996 reworking of their 1975 flop, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn again trying their hand at adapting P.G. Wodehouse for the stage. The result may be slight but has considerable charm. Steven Pacey is excellent as dimwitted Bertie Wooster (he and his friend with a "collective IQ of around 42"); Malcolm Sinclair is fine as Jeeves, forever sorting out his master's problems.
The CD has the musical numbers linked by much dialogue. This is all right the first time round, helping place everything in context. Subsequent playings, though, suffer because of it. The delightful, if modest, score would be enjoyed far more if heard on its own. Evocatively recapturing Wodehouse's world of the 1920's, highlights abound: "Travel Hopefully", "That Was Nearly Us", "Love's Maze", the jaunty title number, "When Love Arrives", "What Have You Got to Say, Jeeves" (Jeeves' response a masterpiece of high speed delivery), the lilting "Half a moment", hilarious "It's a Pig".
An Andrew Lloyd Webber musical unlike any other, this is ideal for those who wish to sit back and relax - a particular treat for P.G. Wodehouse addicts.