The singer is taking on Audrey Hepburn’s iconic role in the London musical.
Singer Pixie Lott has had the unenviable task of filling the shoes of Audrey Hepburn, as she takes on the role of Holly Golightly in a musical version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s. The 25-year-old has received mixed reviews from critics for the West End play, with some praising her “energy”, while others finding the production as a whole falls flat.
Pixie Lott is currently starring as Holly Golightly in the West End
The Evening Standard’s Fiona Mountford, gave the production three stars and wrote: “Lott is decent enough, if vocally underpowered at times, accompanying herself on the guitar as she sings Moon River passably. Yet nothing about her performance hints at the enduring appeal of Holly, who earns her living from a variety of rich men in ambiguous ways.”
The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish also found it worthy of three stars, writing: “The 25-year-old performer acquits herself commendably well in a part that requires her to carry a tune (tick), sustain an American accent (tick), and generally look rather fabulous (double-tick).”
But while The Independent’s Holly Williams thought Lott brought “a particular magnetism to the part”, The Guardian’s Michael Billington found she was never able to “capture Holly’s childlike innocence or suggest the hillbilly origins under the character’s sophisticated veneer.”
Perhaps the most scathing review came from The Stage, who gave the production only one star. Critic Mark Shenton described it as a “dog's dinner of a play” and Lott’s performance as “all one-note” adding that singing was her only strength as a stage personality.
But The Sun’s Howell Davies was much more favourable, awarding it four stars and adding: “Pixie handles the part with all the wit and charm it deserves and pulls off the intentionally muddled mix of American south, New York and English accents with ease.”
Breakfast At Tiffany’s runs at London’s The Haymarket theatre until September 17.