Sugar & Ice is a fun romp into the world of bubble-gum pop!
Sugar & Ice follows Camilla Moore, member of divorced girl-group Starburst, as she struggles to find success in the competitive solo music market. When high-profile agent Maxine Fox approaches Camilla, things start to look up. However, a red-headed rival may spell trouble for Camilla’s dreams.
Jayda D’Agostino as Camilla was an absolute treat to watch. Giving off Rachel Berry-meets-Ariana Grande vibes, D’Agostino amazes audiences with her flawless vocal runs, all the while performing energetic choreography that’s exhausting just to look at. Tabitha Kerlin plays Penny, a sweet-natured stylist who encourages Camilla to live for herself and not the camera. Kerlin is a girl-next-door type with a beautiful voice and great stage presence. Melody, played by Saskia Glass, is Camilla’s lifelong friend and voice of reason as Camilla gets caught in the web of stardom. Glass not only performs, but took on the role of writer, providing memorable lines such as, “Put a condom over your ear and f*ck what you heard about me!” The writing is snappy, witty, and choc-a-block with references to the most isolated city in the world.
The other three members of the defunct girl-group include Ebony, Lavina and Lauren, and unfortunately go criminally under-utilised, particularly ditzy mother-to-be, Lavina, played by Katie Green. Green is instantly loveable as a pop-turned reality TV star, having had a brief stint on Love Island. Not only does Green have impeccable comedic timing, but her voice is certainly a standout. I would’ve loved to have seen more from the other two, though their voices shine in a few special moments.
The show’s highlight would have to be the vindictive agent Maxine Fox, played by the irresistible Emma Haines. Her bitchy offsider, played by Rudi Palmela, emphasises the industry’s cynicism, a recurring theme throughout the show. Haines’ villain number ‘Mamma Knows Best’ perfectly sets the tone for the character, a great choice on writer, Saskia Glass’, part.
The ensemble cast is a joy to watch, maintaining electric energy with their intricate choreography and subtle background arcs. Joshua Firman plays a multitude of characters, however his appearance as suave, Tinder-hunk Jessie is enough to justify a ticket.
If you’re looking for a fun night out with the gals, filled with 2000s throwbacks and high-energy dancing, Sugar & Ice is the show for you.