Improvised musical Showstopper! coming to the West Country (news)

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Critically-acclaimed improvised musical, Showstopper!, is coming to the West Country this year as part of a UK tour.

Showstopper! is entirely improvised – a new musical is created at every performance. A writer has just one night to create a hit show to impress his producer. Stuck for ideas, he takes audience suggestions for a title, storylines and musical styles that they’d like to see in the show. The Showstoppers then create a musical from scratch based around that structure.

Utterly unpredictable, frequently side-splittingly funny, packed with drama and featuring dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! leaves enchanted audiences singing all the way home.

Showstopper! plays regular London residencies and has enjoyed three sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Last March they made their BBC Radio 4 debut with a special 30-minute edition of an improvised musical and you can hear their new BBC Radio 4 series every Wednesday at 6.30pm from January 19 until the end of February.

The company consistently win critical and popular acclaim and audiences return to see them again and again because every show is as different as it is brilliant.

The  Mail On Sunday said ‘the show makes your jaw drop in impressed amazement and your ribs ache with laughter’, while Chortle called it ‘a professionally staged and brilliantly executed piece of work that is a shining example of how good improv can be’.

Showstopper! visits Exeter Northcott on February 3 and 4, and the Constantine Tolmen Centre Falmouth on April 1. The show is suitable for ages 12 and over.

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