I took Miss Nearly-5 to see Ivy and Bean: The Musical this week. It was the Australian Premier of a musical for kids, based on the popular series of books by Annie Burrows. Even though it was only opening night, the cast were tight and polished, with great harmonies and fun choreography that made the most of the small stage. The book series started in 2006 and focuses on the friendship of two seven year olds who were “never meant to like each other”. Ivy is a trainee witch who loves pink, and Bean is her tomboy best friend who hates wearing dresses, and her favourite colour is green – the books detail the mischief they get up to, and the adventures that they go on.

This Gemini Collective production (which is available to be booked for school incursions) has seen them successfully transpose the characters and story into a fun musical with eleven songs. The songs were catchy and kid-friendly. Lead actors Briony and Millicent (the programme is pretty informal when it comes to last names!) brought a fun dynamic to the friendship-of-opposites, with lively performances and tuneful voices. The show retained the humour and spirit of the books. The supporting cast were good in their respective roles, with Jemma particularly strong as nasty older sister Nancy. Children aged 3.5 to 8 will love this tale of friends uniting to solve a problem.

Four Stars

Fringe Review by Jordan Bell

For more info and tickets to Ivy + Bean The Musical head to https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/ivy-bean-the-musical-af2018