LET MISERY SING
Angela’s Ashes Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, July 18-30 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm) bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
Frank McCourt’s famously and controversially bleak memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in Limerick, of infant death, alcoholism and disease, of abuse and sexual coercion, finally gets the stage musical treatment.
Produced by Pat Moylan, composed by Adam Howell and written by Paul Hurt, it is not the most unlikely undertaking for a musical, which, these days, almost exclusively begin with incongruous ideas: a hip-hop retelling of America’s first treasury secretary, for instance, doesn’t seem like a banker either, but Hamilton is raking in the Benjamins. Cleaving to the warmth of McCourt’s writing, however, the adaptation is not selling itself on harsh truths. Let’s see if hope and history are any closer to rhyming.