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Denise Van Outen

Here’s where you can read what they had to say about the original London production of Tell Me on a Sunday, starring Denise Van Outen.

Original London production

“Musical star triumphs in solo show as Essex Girl looking for love.”
“You can sing Sunday or any day, Denise.”
Nick Curtis, Evening Standard, 16 April 2003

“If proof were needed that Denise Van Outen is a fully-fledged theatrical trouper and not just a bit of telly totty, it’s here.”
“The former Big Breakfast presenter lifts this one-woman show with the sheer force of her voice and – more importantly – her personality.”
“The storming signature tune ‘Take That Look Off Your Face’.”
“Van Outen also has to invest the heroine with character. This is where she scores.”
“Vocally, Van Outen is impressive. She triumphantly hits every high note.”
“Van Outen – a bona fide national treasure.”
Michael Coveney, Daily Mail, 16 April 2003

“Denise Van Outen came of age last night. She took charge of a stage and did herself proud.”
“She delivers a wonderful performance in a song cycle by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black that combines elements of celebrity fall-out and Sex & The City.”
“She looks great and in control.”
“Inventive musicality and marvellous harmonics.”
“There is no one writing stuff as a good as this in modern musical theatre.”
“She seems real, immediate, sympathetic. We care about her love life.”
“She’s a true star.”
Simon Edge, Daily Express, 16 April 2003

“Big names from Hollywood are two-a-penny in the West End these days, but the latest star is completely home-grown.”
“You can’t help admiring Van Outen.”
“She gives it her all, singing her way through an immense score.”
“You get a hell of a lot of Denise for your dollar – and her fans will not be disappointed.”
Mark Shenton, BBC London, 16 April 2003

“The extraordinary talents of Basildon blond Denise Van Outen.”
“It takes one extraordinary girl to play this very ordinary girl, and there’s been no more apt casting this year than to find Denise van Outen blasting the stage apart with a performance of startling vivacity as well as vulnerability.”
“Van Outen is simply sensational.”
“She holds the stage alone with the kind of commanding authority that confirm the birth of a major musical star, and vocally more than holds her own against a demanding score that requires both intimacy and intensity of delivery.”
“She combines the power belt of a Celine Dion with the lyrical sensitivity of a Karen Carpenter.”
“The score contains several of his very best songs. I’d count among them ‘Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes’, ‘Unexpected Song’ and ‘Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known’, and van Outen gives them her all’.”
Mark Shenton, Whatsonstage.com, 16 April 2003

Tell Me on a Sunday contains several of his very best songs. ‘Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes’, ‘Unexpected Song’ and ‘Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known’.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 16 April 2003

“Sassy, sexy Denise Van Outen.”
“The songs are good.”
“Ms Van Outen commands the stage. With her face-framing blonde hair, tight blue jeans and salmon-pink top, she is quite an eyeful.”
“The whole things is deftly staged by Matthew Warchus.”
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times, 17 April 2003

“Playful.”
“A warm, vivacious performance from Denise Van Outen and stylish production values.”
“Light-hearted, amiable fare peppered with droll lines and the odd laugh-out-loud one.”
“The lyrics by Don Black, with additional work from Jackie Clune, can be pleasingly tart.”
“[Denise Van Outen] just looks just fabulous.”
“She gives her character charm and chutzpah, carries off the title song touchingly and delivers her more piquant numbers wittily.”
“Matthew Warchus’s direction is flawless and the whole show floats past as smoothly as silk.”
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2003

“[Andrew Lloyd Webber] has a superb gift for melody.”
“There are some strong tunes… achingly gorgeous.”
“Denise Van Outen gives a thoroughly professional performance, confidently holding the stage alone.”
Benedict Nightingale, The Times, 17 April 2003

“Tough-girl charisma.”
“Don Black’s witty lyrics, sharp, funny.”
“Punch and fizz.”
“Lloyd Webber can do wistfulness, vulnerability and even a bit of rapture.”
“I can’t stop humming it.”
Mark Shenton, Sunday Express, 20 April 2003

 

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