The Segue Sisters in … Jailbirds (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

The Segue Sisters in … Jailbirds

Flippant harmonious fun behind bars

It’s utterly incidental to the show, but let’s run through the story anyway: the three Segue Sisters have been convicted of song theft and sent down to a prison that’s a cross between Chicago’s sexed-up cell blocks and a Disney dungeon. As the trio of caricatures ponder how to find their way out, they continue their crime of stealing songs from everyone from Metallica to Lady Gaga and putting their clipped and pretty Andrews Sisters-style stamp on them.

On their singing, they can’t be faulted: pin-sharp close harmonies are note perfect and make for some accomplished covers of unlikely targets. The somewhat laboured dialogue between the songs can feel like filler, although there are a few clever digs and a clutch of knowing references to The Shawshank Redemption.

The earthy leopard-printed Charlotte Jo Hanbury delivers all the best lines with the kind of hammy jocularity best suited to such irreverent fun, providing one of the show’s few truly hilarious moments when she gets a little carried away recreating the bassline to the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ while wearing a Rip van Winkle-esque beard. A harmless frippery then, and one which should attract audiences for its playful musicality rather than its comedy.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 28 Aug, 10.15pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).

The Segue Sisters

Segue Sisters in … Jailbirds

  • 3 stars

A jailhouse spectacular. Three-part harmony sensation The Segue Sisters are in prison. It's exactly like The Shawshank Redemption, but with different characters, plot, setting, and everything else. In a story of survival, great escapes, love, violence, barred windows and rubber ducks, The Segue Sisters will steal your…

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