A wonderfully crafted score by Grant Olding, who presents a musical landscape in which the reassuring blitz-spirit certainties of orchestral swing are being challenged by the rawer, sexier attack of rock’n’roll.
And with its blasts of triumphal brass, quivering strings and celestial shimmer, Grant Olding’s music (played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia) shifts smoothly from the rousing to the lyrical.
The Times (Merlin)
Composer Grant Olding's evocative music maintains a dark pulse throughout.
Grant Olding's music delights, wittily incorporated into the action.
As the ballet builds to its close, Olding’s score soars, offering an elevating, jubilant accompaniment that drives the work and lets the dancers, and McOnie’s choreography, fly.
Nicholas Hytner's masterstroke is the music by Grant Olding, which wraps all this lunacy into an irresistible package.
Grant Olding's music and songs are revealed as one of the greatest delights of the production, beautifully written and delivered with clear relish by Stanton and the rest of the sizeable cast. The score is performed by a harpsichord, percussion and – in a masterstroke of inspiration – a saxophone quartet 'pretending', as Olding puts it in the programme, to be a string quartet but occasionally forgetting to behave. The songs are clever and witty, Olding's score pure musical theatre.
Whatsonstage (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich)
The best British musical I've seen in years. There is a vitality and bounce to these songs that's as fresh and idiosyncratic as those in Avenue Q.
The Stage (Tracy Beaker Gets Real)
Driving, joyous interludes help turn a well-made play into an entertainment with the lift of an exhilarating musical.
The production is punctuated by an onstage cellist, playing a score by Grant Olding reminiscent of Elgar’s turbulent, grief-filled cello concerto. It greatly adds to the power of the production.
Grant Olding's music is notably spry, his dance-band pastiche The Champagne Slip is an infectious winner, and it is a pleasure to hear such felicitous lyrics.
Variety (Simply Cinderella)
Grant Olding's infectiously sunny skiffle songs lift the audience from mere happiness to eye-watering, comic hysteria.
Grant Olding's Simply Cinderella christens Leicester's imposing theatre with a champagne sparkle.
Infectious music by Grant Olding, bubbles over with humour. A surefire hit.
The infectious charm of Grant Olding's original musical numbers keep toes tapping along.
Catchy music of contrasting eras coupled with snappy lyrics by the hot young composer Grant Olding.
The Independent (Simply Cinderella)