Jet Set Go!, Jermyn Street

The love lives of a transatlantic cabin crew are played out in a variety of enjoyable numbers in this bawdy musical comedy, which unfortunately relies too much on anecdote to allow a real story to take flight.

Zipping along at a fair pace, each of the characters starts out as a broad caricature – the oversexed gay trolley dolly, the sexy Latina with a passion for the pilot, the anxious newbie. Rarely, though, are we treated to anything deeper. The feeling that we have seen all these characters before detracts from the quality of the songs, which are generally all of a high standard, encompassing a range of musical styles with an assured maturity from the writing team of Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary.

The cast’s most recognisable face, Mark Evans, suffers from having the most underwritten role. Performing well in his two key numbers, he ends up lost in the ensemble pieces, which are dominated by the more flamboyant characters. Of these, Amy Coombes’ Hayley steals every scene as the girl from the Welsh valleys with a long, if unsuccessful, sexual history.

It is only in the latter half of the musical that some hint at what might have been begins to emerge. But presenting characters with emotional challenges this late on means that issues are either resolved within a couple of verses or merely hinted at and left hanging by the time the plane makes its final descent.

Mike Lees’ production design uses an effective, if minimal, set and the show’s imaginative use of low-budget props allows for some great comedy performances, particularly in scenes set in the plane’s flight deck. The staging helps contribute to a fun, if imperfect, evening of comedy that showcases some promising young composition talent.

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**Jermyn Street, London**, April 2-18
**Music:** Pippa Cleary
**Lyrics:** Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger
**Book:** Jake Brunger
**Management:** Take Note Theatre
**Cast:** Mark Evans, John McManus, Laura Scott, Danielle Corlass, Emily Sidonie, Amy Coombes, Philip Riley, Tim Driesen
**Director & choreographer:** Luke Sheppard

Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.