We took my parents to see this show. As they are from a pretty rural midwestern area and don't see any kind of live entertainment, they were happy with the show, and that's all I really wanted. But then there's MY opinion.
The show is set in a very small theater with about 100 seats. Compared to the building, this is a closet. I think a few others thought this as well and the whole thing was a bit awkward. They set up a few chairs in the back, so maybe we ended up with 120 people in the audience.
The show may start at 6 pm, but you'll still have plenty of time for dinner. It only lasts about an hour, and that includes a 10 minute intermission for you to go out and buy their CD. Add another 10 minutes if you want to walk out the door after the show and get them to autograph it for you.
There was lots of on-stage "talk: about the "12 Irish Tenors", and many of the local billboards show just that. The problem is that for this show, all you get is 2 of them. I felt a bit more than deceived by the ads. All promos and even the website picture 7-10 dancers. Not for this show. There are only 4 - total. There are no glitzy stages, lighting or backdrops as promos also would indicate. I am still trying to figure out where "The Magical Spirit" comes in, because it wasn't in the stage decor, the presentation, or the performance. There are a only couple of stage curtains with Christmas lights that are apparently supposed to be stars. Someone also squirted about 20 seconds of fog machine onto the stage... for ambiance, I guess. I've seen better home theaters and a lot more stage work go into prep for elementary school class plays.
The tenors were okay, but the older one had a few pitch problems from time to time. Someone else thought maybe they were lip-synching, but I don't think so. What I heard wasn't good enough quality. Standard Irish songs were included that I guess you can't do a show like this without like Danny Boy and When Irish Eyes Are Smilin. Also included are non-Irish songs that work for tenors like The Rose, Josh Groban's You Raise me up, and then some Phantom of the Opera. I would have thought a few Irish pub songs would have made the cut, but probably not enough room for that in the show by the time you add a couple of very old jokes, over-rehearsed and unnatural bantering, and the self-congratulatory ("fantastic and incredible") rhetoric. I've never heard artists give their own reviews like these guys. I wish I could tell you they were indeed Irish. But either the performance and lines were so contrived and forced that the brogue became stilted, or these were a couple of slightly above average crooners trying to do Irish schtick. I couldn't tell.
The dancers were MUCH better, though again... only 4 of them. Great steps, attractive ladies, and a few costumes, but don't go expecting River Dance. It's not close. These dancers had enough experience that they could have easily put together pieces of choreography from other shows, and it looks as though that's what happened. Don't get me wrong. These ladies are in great shape and knew their stuff. Each might have even been great in a better show. But nothing stood out and I never said, "WOW!"
As far as the website's self-review comment, " This fantastic new show enjoys thunderous applause and standing ovations nightly! " Mmm, no it doesn't. Most of the crowd had a decent time and there was a nice applause, but nobody thought about standing and most were eager to leave. There was no measurable audience buzz.
If this were the only act in town, it's probably better than staying home and watching the news. But there is so much to do in Myrtle Beach that this show just needs to be put in a corner and let die.
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