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Review: Mickey's Rockin Roadshow at Sunderland Empire

Some of Disney's best-loved characters rocked the Sunderland Empire stage as part of Mickey's Rockin Roadshow. Sam Wonfor caught the show

Mickey's Rockin' Road Show
Mickey's Rockin' Road Show

Is nothing sacred?

The phenomenon of talent shows has infiltrated the world of Mickey Mouse and his cartoon friends.

Not to worry though, there’s no cut throat atmosphere or acidic put downs to see here - just a steady stream of songs and dance routines all performed by a stage full of favourite characters from the house of Disney.

Based around a narrative which sees the core group of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and their human smiley sidekick Jacob travel the world in search of acts for an upcoming talent show - as well as a suitably explosive ending for Donald’s finale - the two-hour production more than kept the attention of its young audience - and even had some of them dancing in the aisles.

During their travels, Mickey et al enjoy encounters with the Ugly Sisters, who are running a shoe shop (Minnie’s favourite detour) and of course where the Ugly siblings are, there’s only one girl who’s not far behind.

Meanwhile in the cactus-strewn desert, Woody, Jessie and Buzz are only too happy to show off their respective lasso, hoop-spinning and juggling prowess to a cheering crowd.

Buzz even went a step further and had a crack at a unicycle.

And then there was our favourite - the rarely seen phenomenon which is Tigger.

Everyone’s best-loved bouncy tiger was in fine form - even if he was the cause of my foot being bounced upon by an excitable six-year-old and an upended popcorn bucket (which cost £7 by the way).

Yes, of course lots of the dialogue and songs come courtesy of a backing track but at least it finishes bang on time and, no, the kids didn’t even notice and had a ball bouncier than Tigger himself.

Mickey’s magic isn’t going anywhere.

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