RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) has mounted a jewel of a musical at George Square 1, with the European premiere of off-Broadway hit Zanna Don’twith book, music & lyrics by Tim Acito and Alexander Dinelaris.
Concise direction keeps an improbable plot (based around other people’s attitudes of who we love) from falling into the trap of becoming maudlin or indulgent. The standard of singing, dancing and acting from the post graduates performers of RSAMD has a professional excellence which sets an exacting standard for competing musicals at the Edinburgh Festival.
The expertise of lighting (James Gardner), and costume and set design (Martin Mallorie & Jenny Gamble) give this show an optimum look for this spacious stage. Credit also to a fine band of musicians under David Higham.