“It’s just good fun,” said Eric Idle, of Monty Python fame, after catching a performance of Flanagan and Allen with the Follies, now playing at the NoHo London Music Hall thru February 6. Idle was seen singing along with the rest of the Anglophile audience at the nostalgic show.
One of the most beloved comedy-singing duos in British Music Hall history was the team of Flanagan and Allen. They are famous for the songs “Underneath the Arches,” “Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner,” “Run Rabbit,” and other sing-along standards. That is the appeal of the simple show, packed with more than 20 old time songs. And the audience is provided the lyrics and encouraged to sing along as the story unfolds.
Bud Flanagan (Frank Collins carrying most of the show) and Chesney Allen (the quiet, straight man played by Jim Sanderson) met during WWI, and after the war teamed with the help of the Queen of Music Hall sing-alongs Florrie Forde (sweet Christy Casey). The lovely ladies of the chorus are Melissa De Sole (a delight singing “Mr. Right” as Curly Quinn), and Mandy Williams (singing “Anything Goes” with natural English charm as Aleta Turner), plus toe-tappers Gina Southern, and Natalie Vindivich.
The impresario of the theatre, Collins also wrote and directed the show, with all dance numbers by Mandy Williams and Patsy Metzger. Music arrangements are by Dave Siebels.
Flanagan and Allen with the Follies shows at the NoHo London Music Hall, 10620 Magnolia Blvd., on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, or $16 for seniors and students. For more information, call (818) 762-7883.