Welcome to the all-boys’ school for gay men. The ideal institution to teach you how to be the perfect homosexual man, how to act and react, how to pose and groom. All this is portrayed through a very basic storyline, with some funny tunes, (they are a chorus after all!) obvious jokes and punsto amuse.
It is difficult to criticise a show which is aware of its silly status, its sole objective being to entertain the audience. Anyone coming to Thoroughly Modern Willie knows exactly what they are getting into, and as such, they can expect no surprises, nor be offended by the crass jokes and double-entendre puns.
In all fairness, the London Gay Men’s Chorus have great voices, and when they sing together, their tunes are beautifully performed. The solo acts are less polished, and you have the feeling that not all the singers have the same musical abilities. In saying that, what they might lack in solo-singing qualities, they make up in charisma, for this is their main asset: it is nice to see a bunch of people having so much fun on stage. Winks and nods to the audience help raise the production to a good level of entertainment.
The boys are back in town, and they are here to amuse. They don’t expect to do much more than that, and as such, they pass with flying colours.
Adrian G. Velazquez