Just Jim Dale

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    June 1, 2014


    What the popular press said...

    "Mr. Dale, who wrote the show himself, tells his stories with humor and geniality, mostly keeping the mood light, lively and flecked with classic British self-deprecation...As this show illustrates, he still appears game and able to dart off in some surprising new directions. A triumphant return to the ballet stage seems unlikely, but I wouldn’t rule out anything else"
    Charles Isherwood for New York Times

    "You can take the boy out of the English music hall but you can’t take the English music hall out of the boy. Jolly good thing for that, too...the show boasts chipper music, buckets of charm and a pair of rubbery two-story legs that go every which way and loose."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "Do not be fooled by the humble "just" in "Just Jim Dale." The showman -- raised on old British music-hall traditions and now an American citizen -- has been so many Jim Dales in so many surprising guises that they speed past in this charming, once-over-lightly 90-minute autobiographical solo."
    Linda Winer for Newsday

    "The audiences at “Just Jim Dale” may be turning out to see the chap who gave voice to hundreds of characters as narrator of the entire series of Harry Potter audio books. But they leave the theater humming “Georgy Girl,” the infectious film song that won the British star an Oscar nomination. In the interim, they are royally wooed, pursued, beguiled, enchanted and thoroughly captivated by this actor / singer/ dancer /acrobat / music-hall comic / voice artist / lyricist and raconteur — a one-man band who lives only to make you laugh."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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