Jennifer Reischel (The Stage)

    With a child-friendly duration, this joyous potpourri of loveable randomness will no doubt tug at a heartstring or two this Christmas season. An elephant loyally nest-sits an abandoned egg, gazing intently into a dust speck on a clover to locate Whoville - where young Jojo is being scolded by his mayor parents. In the world of Dr Seuss anything goes as Mazie the superbly feathered bird (engagingly portrayed by Jessica Parker), sambas her way sexily to Palm Beach, Florida. Universal moral messages (A person’s a person no matter how small) add well-positioned moments of depth to a piece, which could otherwise erroneously appear slightly trivial. Performed largely through the form of authentic Seuss rhymes, Stephen Flaherty’s varied score with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (the book is a joint effort) intertwines effortlessly, and covers everything from wistful ballads (Alone In The Universe) to Green Eggs And Ham being given the full jazzy musical treatment at curtain call time. The direction by Kirk Jameson seems at times two-dimensional with slightly clunky staging though delightful choreography from Racky Plews smoothes the presentation considerably. This is a fresh yet well-oiled ensemble piece, brimming with vigour and positive musical theatre voices where everyone gets their moment to shine. Benjamin Vivian-Jones stands out with some eye-catching characterisation and Jordan Veloso creates a highly amiable Jojo. With a child-friendly duration, this joyous potpourri of loveable randomness will no doubt tug at a heartstring or two this Christmas season