Playing Our Part
Reviewed on Sunday 1st March 2015
Raising money for Comic Relief, last Sunday the West End came together for the second Playing Our Part concert which looks set to become one of the top events in the theatrical calendar. Dressed in red and black, performers from some of the West End's top shows took to the stage to perform with an incredible orchestra under the direction of Alex Parker.
Often these one-off concerts just feature solo performances and duets, so it was quite a treat to have the evening kicked off with a group number, 'Get The Party Started'. An evening of high quality, musical variety followed; everyone gave their all, providing knock out performance after knock out performance.
In the first act Adam Linstead brought the house down with a perfectly pitched performance of 'Where Is The Life That Late I Led?' from Kiss Me, Kate. Chloe Hart reminded us just how powerful her voice is with an incredible rendition of 'Astonishing' from Little Women and it was joyous to hear Simon Bailey perform 'Fight The Fight' from From Here To Eternity, I had forgotten just how good the song's melody is.
Further highlights included Nadim Naaman and Killian Donnelly's masterful rendition of 'Agony' from Into The Woods; Wendy Ferguson meant serious business with her almighty, faultless performance of 'Alto's Lament' - the applause never seemed to end. Former Wicked co-stars Louise Dearman and Gina Beck reunited for an enchanting 'Get Happy'/'Happy Days Are Here Again' mash-up which took me to musical heaven.
The stellar performances kept coming during the second half. Dogfight's Laura Jane Matthewson and Jamie Muscato took to the stage to give a charming rendition of 'Elephant Love Medley' from Moulin Rouge, Steph Parry belted out 'The Winner Takes It All' from Mamma Mia and Chris Howell gave an endearing performance of 'Mr Cellophane' from Chicago. Impeccable vocals were also on hand from Laura Tebbutt, Adam Linstead and Jeremy Secomb.
Just when we thought it was all over, the company united to perform 'One Day More' from Les Miserables. The cast sang their hearts out and the orchestra sounded divine, ending an unforgettable night with an almighty bang. Hats off to Nadim Naaman for producing and directing the show, I'm already looking forward to the next one!
Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)
Read our interviews with Gina Beck, Louise Dearman, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Simon Bailey, Killian Donnelly & Chris Howell
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