Viewers were shocked by a performance by the cast of Only Fools and Horses The Musical on Friday’s episode of This Morning.
The controversial musical number was led by Welsh comedian Paul Whitehouse, who takes on the role of Grandpa in the West End adaptation of the classic sitcom.
“They absolutely slaughter it. My ears,’ cried one viewer in pain as the thespian’s take on the beloved theme song from Only Fools and Horses made her deaf.
Chateauneuf du Pape: Viewers were shocked by a performance by the cast of Only Fools and Horses The Musical on Friday’s episode of This Morning
Paul took center stage between his co-stars Tom Bennett, who plays Del Boy, and Ryan Hutton, who plays Rodney, for the ITV studios.
The 63-year-old looked beyond his gray mustache years as he listened to his family of wheel dealers outline their plans for the day.
The trio were surrounded by suitcases with TV remotes and gold chains as they danced around in front of Del Boy’s iconic three-wheeled yellow Robin Reliant van.
“No income tax, no VAT, no refund, no guarantee,” Tom shouted in a monotonous drone with a flat cap and gold rings as he tugged on a cigar.
Central: The controversial musical number was led by Welsh comedian Paul Whitehouse, who takes on the role of Grandpa in the WestEnd adaptation of the classic sitcom
Belter: “They absolutely slaughter it. My ears,’ cried one viewer in pain as the thespian’s take on the beloved theme song from Only Fools and Horses made her deaf
Viewers quickly flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on the musical take on John Sullivan’s beloved comedy.
“I love theater and musicals, but…..Only Fools & Horses looks damn bad,” wrote one fan of the show.
‘Is Paul Whitehouse skin color?’ questioned another user as they wondered why the actor was involved in the production.
“They absolutely slaughter it. My ears,” a third account mourned as they listened to the performance at home.
Flog it: The trio were surrounded by suitcases with TV remotes and gold chains as they danced around in front of the iconic yellow three-wheeled Reliant Regal bus
Getting into character: ‘No income tax, no VAT, no money back, no guarantee,’ Tom exclaimed as Del Boy in a monotonous drone with a flat cap and gold rings as he tugged on a cigar
And the feedback didn’t stop there when another viewer simply noted “Christ” next to Kristen Bell’s GIF with a grin of pain.
Only Fools & Horses is a classic, a legend. However, this isn’t the case,” another added as they scaled up the musical compared to the 1980s sitcom.
Still, despite the questionable vocals, some viewers couldn’t help but enjoy the musical number.
“This would be weird, but it’s actually the theme song. Yes, I’m singing along,” one fan asked.
‘Only Fools & Horses looks gory’: Viewers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts on the musical take on John Sullivan’s beloved comedy
Not all bad: ‘This would be weird, but it’s actually the theme tune. Y am I singing along,’ asked a fan who couldn’t help but enjoy the musical number
Paul later joined This Morning hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in the studio to discuss the new show.
Taking a realistic approach to his latest project, the actor said with a grin: ‘It’s not’ [Stephen] Sondheim! But who wants that when you watch Only Fools?
“It’s a celebration of Only Fools. It’s everything people love… I hope we’ve come up with some catchy, funny tunes.”
‘It’s not [Stephen] Sondheim!’: Paul took a realistic approach to his latest project, claiming he just hoped they’d come up with ‘some catchy, funny tunes’
Only Fools and Horses The Musical was created in honor of the late John Sullivan, who wrote the sitcom, which ran from 1981 to 2003.
The tribute was described by Paul as John’s “last wish,” adding that he wasn’t afraid to disappoint anyone with the show.
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical was the late writer John’s last project, with his son Jim honoring his father’s legacy and taking over the script with BAFTA-winning comedy writer Whitehouse.
Described as a “unique showstopper,” the production features 20 new songs, including contributions from the late Chas Hodges of Chas’n’Dave.
In tribute: Only Fools And Horses: The Musical has been described as a ‘unique showstopper’ and features 20 new songs based on the BBC sitcom (Photo: LR: Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield) Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst) Derek (Del Boy ) Trotter (Sir David Jason)
It’s directed by Caroline Jay Ranger with some of the show’s other characters, such as Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Nags Head landlord Mike, and the Driscoll Brothers, making their debut in production.
Of the new musical, Paul said: ‘This was the last project John Sullivan was working on when he died – he had just started developing Only Fools as a musical – so in writing it Jim and I have stayed very true to the feeling. and the TV series scripts, but also highlight some contemporary issues.
“We are very aware of the legacy of Only Fools and that it is so fondly remembered by people of almost all ages, so we tried to incorporate everyone’s favorite moments from the TV shows and of course all the great characters, but this time it’s with songs.’
Legacy: Only Fools And Horses The Musical was the last thing the show’s creator, John Sullivan, worked on before his death in 2011 (Photo: Lennard Pearce; David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst in character on the show)