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Flowers for Mrs. Harris- A heart-warming

Flowers for Mrs. Harris- A heart-warming display screen of love and friendship

As the audience settled into their seats for the opening night of Flowers for Mrs. Harris, the audience are welcomed by Albert Harris (Mark Meadows) and Ada Harris (Clare Burt) as she sets up a vase of flowers. This seemingly ordinary scene frames the clear message of the play that the easy concept that life without flowers is not any life at all.

Based upon Paul Gallico’s unique, Mrs. Arrris Goes to Paris, the musical follows the life of Mrs. Ada Harris; as she follows her imagine checking out Paris to buy her own Christian Dior dress.

Saving every penny from her job as a cleaner, the musical follows Ada as she scrapes together the enough funds making her dream a truth, with the support of her close friend and next door neighbor Violet Butterfield (Anna-Jane Casey). The musical has a warm sense of humor that is caught brilliantly by the duo of Burt and Casey, whose outstanding efficiencies, ultimately steal the program.

The warm nature of the plot is neutralized with the reality of post war Britain, as we learn of lovers that have died in battle, and that Ada’s imagination plays a more poignant role within the story than is let on. Her memories are used to comfort her isolation, as the truth of life alone begins to impact her.

Act 2 is set in Paris, and includes the very same cast playing the workers of Christian Dior. The capability to sing and act in both French and English is exceptional, highlighting the skill and adaptability of a small yet gifted cast. Although doing not have in a timeless remarkable musical number, Richard Taylor’s rating still commands interest through the use of operatic intricacies that are performed masterfully by a very strong cast.

This heartwarming screen of love and relationship fails to leave a dry eye in the audience, as an unforgettable and vibrant finale highlights that any dream can be achieved through effort and determination. The audiences standing ovation was greatly deserved, as all of us witnessed a piece of heartwarming drama in a new musical that is guaranteed to be a success.