REVIEW // 80’s Mania @ The Baths Hall

80’s Mania is a feel-good, fantasy concert celebrating the smash hits from the heroes of the 1980s including Duran Duran, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Culture Club, Wham, Nena, Toni Basil, Dead or Alive, Madness, Madonna and many many more!

Re-live the decade that fashion forgot with New Romantic guys and Cyndi Lauper-esque girls with leggings ‘n’ lace. The power dresser, the shoulder pads, the stilettos and the big hair! Ghetto blasters, roller boots and the Rubik’s cube. Step back in time and join our multi-talented cast of highly acclaimed singers, dancers and musicians for Europe’s only authentic 80s experience!

Re-live the decade that fashion forgot with New Romantic guys and Cyndi Lauper-esque girls with leggings ‘n’ lace. The power dresser, the shoulder pads, the stilettos and the big hair! Ghetto blasters, roller boots and the Rubik’s cube. Step back in time and join our multi-talented cast of highly acclaimed singers, dancers and musicians for Europe’s only authentic 80s experience!

Even before the show begins we hear an “80’s radio station” filling the auditorium with the hits of the time, liberally interrupted by adverts for 80’smaniashow.com, the production’s website. As the audience fill the seats the volume increases so that, by the time the show begins, we are all ready in the mood to be entertained – and entertained we were!

As the air raid sirens blare out, people of a certain age (most of the audience) cheer as they recognise the opening bars of Two Tribes, by Frankie Goes to Hollywood which is followed by a seriously raunchy version of Relax (Is there any other way to perform Relax?)

Kim Wilde is next to appear, and those people who were already on their feet are joined by many more who just can’t resist the infectious beat of Kids in America, or Nena’s 99 Red Balloons, or Spandau Ballet’s Gold – or any number of the million-selling songs that follow.

The thing with 80’s mania is that they are very aware that, in the 80’s, the look was just as important as the voice. So what we have is a parade of some of the most iconic costumes of that decade, with some cleverly edited portions of the original pop videos and a thunderingly good, four piece, band all fronted by eight dancers and vocalists who are obviously loving every second of this homage.

The audience too cannot get enough and every new song is greeted by cheers and dancing in the aisles, as if we are in a live episode of “Name the Tune”, with everyone struggling to be the first to recognise the song. If you are an 80’s fan recognition is no problem when all I have to mention is artists like Human League, Cyndi Lauper, Toni Basil and Dead or Alive and you are already thinking of Don’t You Want Me, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Mickey and You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record)………

The show is incredibly well rehearsed, slick, colourful and, even with three of the original cast missing due to various reasons, really good at recreating a time when life seemed so much simpler, leg warmers were an acceptable form of attire, neon clothing was almost compulsory and hair was just so big!

With so many artists featured, including one hit wonders like Aneka, Ray Parker Jr and The Buggles , finishing the show with a couple of songs from Wham. Then the encore was Together in Electric Dreams, rounding up an action packed tribute to the music and bands of the 1980’s.

Photos and review courtesy of DPC Photography Scunthorpe

More photos available via DPC Photography page.

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