The world premiere of Awkward Stages’ Carry On: A Musical isn’t as spectacular as their last year’s Fringe entry, Titus: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus, but it did not fall short of giving the audience the expected entertainment, and believe me, if you are in the mood for a very light, don’t-need-to-think-of-what’s-happening-with-the-story kind of show, make sure you book this in your list of Fringe shows to see.
Set in the YVR baggage claim, Carry On: A Musical examines the convergent lives of weary wanderers and the baggage they bring with them. Stuck in luggage limbo, the colourful cast of this comedic romp are all desperately seeking one thing – to move their lives onwards and upwards!
With a book by Deborah Vogt, the smooth flowing pace of the show gave great amounts of punch lines and catchy tunes, majority of which are composed by Britt MacLeod, who also played the principal role, Tracy, backed by a supporting company that seemed to make sure each not only effectively tell their back stories, but also stand out without overpowering each other – not the easiest task when working on an ensemble-centric show.
Distraction-free simple set, basic costumes, and minimal props – Carry On; A Musical will efficiently make you listen and will make you see what it takes for the service industry give good customer service.
Winner of Smackdown: The 24-hour Musical Contest 2015, Carry On: A Musical, continues to play at the Firehall Arts Centre as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival, which runs until September 18.
The 32nd Vancouver Fringe Festival and its other 100+ shows continues until September 08-18, 2015.