Preview: Musical to hit all the right notes

Aberdeen actress star Jenna Innes is one of the main stars of a major new tour

Three generations of iconic songwriters will be celebrated at The Tivoli.

A Spoonful of Sherman stars former Oldmachar Academy pupil Jenna Innes, who is very excited to bring the show to her hometown.

She said: “Since leaving the city in 2015 to train at drama school, I wondered if any job was going to give me the opportunity to go home.

“I am beyond thrilled it is a show as special as this one to go back home with.

“Aberdeen audiences are in for a treat.”

The musical praises the life of Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman – writer for artists including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald – then looks at the double Oscar-winning Sherman Brothers, Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, who wrote more musical songs and scores than any other songwriting team to date.

They produced music for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book and many more.

The musical was originally written and produced by Robert’s son Robert J Sherman.

Jenna, who was nominated for Best Actress in a New Musical in Broadway World’s West End Awards 2016 for her portrayal of Charlotte Donne in Animus, will star alongside Olivier Award-nominated Sophie-Louise Dann, Ben Stock, Mark Read and Glen Facey.

Jenna said: “I am really excited because it is a five-person cast and you need the teamwork to get the energy delivered across to the audience, but I know it is going to be great.”

Aberdeen audiences will be able to hear songs which were written for and made famous by stars like Doris Day, Ringo Star, Frank Sinatra and Billy Holiday.

Jenna added: “You will be surprised how many songs you know all of the words to already.

“There are songs for every generation that will make your toes tap and tunes that you will not be able to stop humming on the way home. It is a beautiful piece of theatre that everyone can enjoy.”

While Jenna thinks there will be many wonderful moments during the show, she thinks the ultimate highlights are going to be the “still moments” because they will capture audience members’ attention.

Jenna said: “There is so much energy, choreography and harmony going on, so when you get a moment to really sit and listen to some of the amazing performances, it really is something special.”

The musical runs from Monday to Wednesday. Performance times vary.