The Classic From Here to Eternity on Stage
Tim Rice’s long awaited return to the theatre with the musical From Here to Eternity is at the Shaftesbury Theatre until April 12, 2014.
It is difficult for those of us who have seen the film, which was and still is so memorable, not to compare it to the show. Taken from James Jones’s novel the film starred such famous names as the Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra.
Just prior to Pearl Harbour in 1941, the story is set in an American army camp in the magical setting of Hawaii. There is enough intrigue to endear itself to all audiences (children excepted) incorporating two love stories, a gay club, and several fighting/boxing scenes.
The production manages to incorporate an atmosphere of sexual tension, which in the original wouldn’t have included any nudity, but does here. I personally felt that Rebecca Thornhill who played the part of Karen Holmes, and had the most enviable figure, did not add anything to her role by disrobing.
For me, the result of seeing a good musical is that I, and others in the audience come out humming or singing one of the songs. Certainly, an enjoyable evening, and the jazz played at the end by the orchestra was a highlight, but there are sadly no memorable songs.
Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2
Box Office: 020 7379 5399 http://www.FromHeretoEternityTheMusical.co.uk