These are some of the reviews Best of the Festival Musicals received in 2005:
From One4review.com, rated 4/5.
If, like me you are a lover of musical theatre then this is a must. The format is that the Liquid Production team, having scoured the brochure and checked out the shows bring a selection of five of the best for a 10 minute showcase of their show, thus saving you the hard work.
The line-up varies daily, so one never knows what's on the menu and that is part of the appeal. The show I saw had highlights of Bus! the Musical that is on at Pleasance Grand, Apocolypse the Musical at C Venue, School Ties also at C Venue, Secret Garden at Church Hill Theatre and The Frog Prince at Augustine's, all of which were good and sold their shows well.
I've said it before, and I'll reiterate, this is one of the best value shows on the Fringe.
From Three Weeks, rated 4/5.
With over 95 musicals and operas this year, Best of the Festival Musicals is here to give you the chance to pick which ones to see. This show is a great idea it has a different line up each time, and up to five performances each day. It gives festival goers a chance to see some of the more imaginative and easy to miss shows. It's a friendly atmosphere with food and drink available, Disabled access too. There is something here for everyone.
Selection from Edfringe reviews.
Reviewer: Laura Sinclair, Scotland, 5/5
This was a fantastic way to spend a bit of the afternoon. We saw Apocalypse which was really funny and the Sawdust Circle which was a bit bizarre. The Fix was powerful and light hearted. Starting Here, Starting Now was very professional and well rehearsed. The girl who did the Sunday Times crossword was especially funny and the Goblin Market was better than expected from a youth group.
Reviewer: Donald, UK, 4/5
This is a great way to see up to 5 different acts from around the Fringe, would go and see at least two of the ones I saw. Judy and I and The Goblin Market really stood out.
Reviewer: Moshin Jaffar, UK, 5/5
This is a very useful way of deciding what to see and you can't always be guaranteed to enjoy all the shows on the bill. Today I saw: Bus - A bunch of toffs prancing about. Some good performances. Apocalypse - Strange undergraduate humour and some irritating costumes and faces. School Ties - Lots of laughs for this small bunch of obviously talented perfomers. Witty lyrics. Secret Garden - Bizarre accents (Yorkshire? Ireland? Gypsy?) and unusual 'choreography' from this American company performing what seems a very worthy adaptation. The Frog Prince - Energetic students from Scottish Academy of Music and Dance. The guy playing the frog was excellent, some of the others were hard to understand.