Cowboys - and girls - down the social
Review by Lynda Ford ****
"Lyn Paul, with her model girl figure and great voice plays vamp Sophie."
Now hold on there, pardner...
Review by Paul Marston
"Even with a guy in the cast who thinks he's Clint Eastwood, this musical comedy couldn't make my day... Only when Lyn Paul, playing club member Sophie, sang Willie Nelson's Crazy in the second act, did the pace start to increase, but it was far too late."
Culture Northern Ireland
Theatre Review: Rhinestone Mondays
Review by Andrew Johnston
"You know a show’s in trouble when a Steps song is the highlight of the night... The likes of ‘Crazy’, ‘Ring of Fire’, ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, ‘When You’re Hot You’re Hot’, ‘Stand by Your Man’ and, of course, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ are duly trotted out, and to be fair the cast sing them well, particularly Lyn Paul, formerly of 70s group, the New Seekers."
Review: Rhinestone Mondays by Joe Graham at Colchester Mercury until September 10
Review by David Henshall
"This is one of those shows that ushers you out into the night with a smile on your face and, chances are, a song in your heart... Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the quality of the voices because the cast includes two members of the former top pop group Steps, Faye Tozer and Ian Watkins, and Lyn Paul from the award-winning New Seekers."
Rhinestone Mondays, EFT, Review
Review by Gordon Clayton - Posted on 21st September 2011 ***
"Lyn Paul has lost nothing of the richness in her voice and her rendering of ‘Crazy’ was a highlight."
Review – Rhinestone Mondays, Festival Theatre
Review by Danielle Farrow •••
"Some characters manage fine singing at times (Paul in particular, along with Tozer) and give quirky performances, but... nothing can hide the fact that the plot is as thin as the sound of the pre-recorded music."
Glen's Theatre Reviews
Review: Rhinestone Mondays - Mercury Theatre, Colchester
"Writer Joe Graham has created a series of stock comedy stereotypes rather than any three dimensional characters. A comedy grandmother, a nervous slipper-clad singleton, a camp tap dancing Welshman, an obsessive film fan, and a predatory cougar...
At the heart of the piece there is a workable stage comedy but, oddly, for a billed musical it would work so much better if the songs were ditched and more time spent on developing character and plot.
There is a – literally - show-stealing performance from Shaun Williamson as barman Brian, while Faye Tozer and Anthony Topham are vocally strong and try their best with the limited material as lovers Annie and Tom. There are also strong vocal performances from former New Seeker Lyn Paul and Tozer’s fellow Steps bandmate Ian 'H' Watkins..."
Colchester: Rhinestone Mondays Review
"Lyn Paul turns in some fantastic vocal contributions, which prove why she has been so widely acclaimed in her roles in stage productions that include Blood Brothers but Blood Brothers this is not... The main criticism of the piece is that it struggles with it’s own identity, is it a play with some musical numbers? If so then the musical numbers are too many. Or is it a musical? In which case, the musical numbers do not really link strongly enough to the storyline."
Phil Allely Reviews
Rhinestone Mondays - Theatre Review
by Phil Allely
"Rhinestone Mondays is a perfect bit of escapism theatre and it works very well indeed... a fun night out."
thepublicreviews / Michael Gray's Arts Blog
Mercury Theatre, Colchester by Michael Gray
"More than a touch of Girls’ Night Out... One of the best vocals of the show [Willie Nelson's Crazy], not surprisingly, was from Lyn Paul, whose first big hit with the New Seekers was an incredible forty years ago."
What's On Stage
Mercury Theatre, Colchester by Anne Morley-Priestman
WOS Rating: ***
"The central characters are Annie (Faye Tozer) and Tom (Anthony Topham). Their attempts at establishing a relationship – she’s a single mother and he’s gone through a traumatic divorce – flounder under the attentions of would-be seductress Sophie (Lyn Paul) and carpet-slippered Mary (Pauline Fleming).
It’s all very well performed... but, for me at any rate, in the end the joint was overcooked. ."
What's On Stage
Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, by John Dixon
WOS Rating: ***
"There is plenty to like about the show, especially the comedy, which in the main is in the safe hands of Shaun Williamson (Barry from Eastenders) who plays the club barman, so desperate for business. The rest of the cast are extremely strong, with Lyn Paul (New Seekers) as well as Faye Tozer and Ian 'H' Watkins (from the soon to be reformed pop group Steps) leading the way."