Event Review - 14 Apr 2014
Since the 20’s The Harlem Globetrotters have entertained crowds worldwide with their unique combination of tricks and theatrics, my dad was part of one of those audiences when he was boy, on Monday night I took him along for a second glance as they brought the show to Birmingham’s LG Arena.
The show centres around a match against the ‘World All Stars’ team, during which there are a multitude of skill rounds ranging from alternate rules and the ‘Trick Shot Challenge’, to audience participation with members of the audience encouraged to take part in basketball shots and dance-offs.
Despite it not being a packed house there was plenty of atmosphere, generated largely by a heavy focus on crowd interaction, the Globetrotters continually kept the light heated vibe going, often at the expense of the referee who bore the brunt of the practical jokes throughout the proceedings. Aside from the at times, corny routines there is no doubting the Globetrotters ability with a basketball, able to switch on the style in a heartbeat they showcased their talents with complex team manoeuvres and impressive slam dunks.
A heavy family focus or not, there is no doubt the combination of character and energy made for an all-round entertaining show from the iconic American outfit, not least from their mascot ‘The Big G’ whose half time dancing was definitely a sight to behold!
By Adam Taylor