Created by Phillip George, David Lowenstein and Peter Charles Morris. St George Theatre Company (NSW). Hurstville Entertainment Centre. September 5 – 7, 2013.
St George Theatre Company's Downtown! is a slick, vibrant production. Highly entertaining.
Set in England during the swinging 60s, Downtown! is not so much a jukebox musical as it is a revusical (remember those?) using pop hits of the era. This may bother those who aren't familiar with the revue format and prefer strong narrative with loads of subtext. With the songs of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, plus a bit of Nancy Sinatra, Lulu, and others, the audience is taken on a fast-paced, brightly coloured tour of the social mores of the time.