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Permission to Sing, Sir!
on 23 April 2009
Not being a huge fan of musicals but being a huge fan of DA, I thought I might as well buy this CD as it was such a great price, even though old music hall choruses seemed a bit cheesy to me - but I'm so glad I did!
I was pleased to find that this is not a cheap gang show spin-off, but a professional, West End type musical, with properly written songs and amusing banter, made all the better for most of the original cast performing the numbers.
It is not only a series of upbeat, joyful songs, but there is some amusing dialogue between the characters between the numbers.
Bill Pertwee's Warden Hodges singing the black-out laws like a church psalm in Put That Light Out made me laugh out loud. Alternatively, John Le Mesurier 'talksinging' A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square in his characteristic laid back way, plus Arnold Ridley's Private Godfrey trying his best to sing, despite his age, was heartwarming and touching.
Although this is not a complete recording of the show (extra snippets of the dialogue are revealed on the DA DVD extras) nonetheless this is a heartwarming and cheering musical romp, well worth getting to put a smile on your face in these none to cheery times.
I have but two regrets on hearing this CD: the first, I was only two years old when this show hit the stage so I never saw it and secondly, the stage show was never filmed in its entirety. Nonetheless, we're fortunate to at least have this re-mastered audio version. So buy it, crank it up and enjoy - it'll put a smile on your face!