When Midnight Strikes

Critic’s Choice – Time Out

Critic’s Choice – Sunday Express

 ***** Plays To See

***** Jonathan Baz

 **** Time Out

 **** Evening Standard

**** What’s On Stage

**** The Public Reviews

**** LBC

 **** MusicOMH

**** Ham & High

**** Backstage Pass

Best Musical Nomination The Offies for 2014

When Midnight Strikes offers a musical treat, albeit one for those who appreciate acerbic songs with a twist of Sondheim and an ability to smash through the thin ice of social nicety. Yet one of the many strengths of this sophisticated new show from the increasingly impressive pairing of Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds is that the whole thing wouldn’t collapse even if the songs were removed, so well drawn are the characters… An enterprising producer would do well to take a closer look.

Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard ****

WHEN MIDNIGHT STRIKES

 

New York, New Year’s Eve 1999 – the dawn of a new millennium - and Jennifer West’s intimate dinner party for close friends and family begins to fall apart upon the discovery that her husband has been having an affair.

 

As the hosts confront their unraveling marriage, new resolutions, past mistakes, and an uncertain future merge into an explosive and life-altering evening.

 

Kevin Hammonds’ book is in turn hilarious and moving, the plot keeping the audience on tenterhooks until the finale. With a score by Charles Miller packed with original show-stopping songs, When Midnight Strikes gives a remarkably accurate sense of the brittle gaiety of a New Year party, with all the tensions so often seething beneath the surface.

Kevin Hammonds' Book is witty and engaging and at times quite moving, while his delicately constructed lyrics are perfectly adorned by Charles Miller's highly melodic score. The songs not only work perfectly within the piece, advancing the plot and developing character but also stand out in their own right, leaving the listener wanting to hear them again… A genuinely classy, fresh, articulate musical with a score that leaves you wanting more.

BroadwayWorld.com

Upstairs at the Gatehouse,

London 2013

Finborough Theatre

London 2007

The skill that Hammonds displays, in segueing so effortlessly from hilarity to heartbreak is a rare craft indeed and almost suggests a mash up of Stephen Sondheim with Edward Albee.

Aline Waites, Ham & High

Miller is a musical magician producing brilliant numbers
Aline Waites, Ham & High

 

Chelsea Theatre

London 2007

I can sum this show up in one word - Brilliant!

Steve Stubbs, Backstage Pass

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