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The Kinks musical a hit with critics

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May 02, 2014 | 11:38am EDT

A new British musical based on the early career of The Kinks has won high praise from critics, who have awarded the production top marks. Sunny Afternoon, named after the rockers' 1966 hit of the same name, opened at London's Hampstead Theatre on Thursday night (01May14) and the stage musical, which features a slew of the icons' tracks, has gone down a storm with reviewers. The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts brands the show "a belter" and exclaims, "You really got me! ...This show is far better than a mere tribute evening, though it includes lots of Kinks hits. It gives you a strong sense of period - some terrific short hemlines on the girls - yet also well-drawn characters that evolve with the band." Nick Hasted from TheArtsDesk.com awards the show four out of five stars and writes, "In The Kinks' 50th Anniversary year, their spirit could hardly be better revived", while The Telegraph's Charles Spencer states, "It is an irresistibly enjoyable and touching night, and anyone who loves pop music at its greatest would be mad to miss it." Lead actors John Dagleish and George Maguire, who portray Ray Davies and his guitarist brother Dave, respectively, have also been singled out for applause, with the Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings calling Dagleish's performance "immense", while claiming Maguire gives his character "an exciting wildness". Reports suggest Sunny Afternoon may transfer to the West End stage once its run at the Hampstead Theatre wraps on 24 May (14).

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