The Lowry, 5 September 2011
This terrific musical tells the story of the aptly named George Best, the greatest footballer who ever lived.
He had such a gorgeous talent when at his peak. It must have been such a wonderful feeling to know it was there. And then it became eroded, was powdered down to nothingness.
We follow George’s journey from kicking a football about on the streets of Belfast to raising the European Cup with Manchester United; then to taking the religion of soccer to the American heathens and on to lying in a hospital bed, desolate, awaiting a kidney transplant.
Aidan O’Neill is excellent in the lead and his duet with Alex Higgins (Paddy Jenkins) is one of the highlights of the show. Conor Grimes, like Jenkins, excels in many roles and his drunken chippy customer, the star turn, is worth the price of admission alone. He is hilarious.
There are few musicals that give you as much genuine pleasure as this one: it touches the heart, makes you laugh, exhilarates the soul. It is as fulfilling, in fact, as one of Bestie’s inimitable goals. It hits the target with style.