LET MIS­ERY SING

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Peter Craw­ley

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.

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