Friday, 31 July 2015

Feature: July round-up

Star of the Month
Matt Cardle
Matt Cardle in Memphis / Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Whoever succeeded Killian Donnelly as Huey Calhoun in Memphis The Musical was going to have a tough act to follow, but former X Factor winner Matt Cardle has made a triumphant West End debut as Huey and made the role his own. Matt showcases strong vocals and has fun with the role, growling and riffing his way through the score whilst highlighting the quirky and goofy side to Huey in his first acting role. Matt's 'Memphis Lives In Me' is impeccable and he has incredible chemistry opposite the insanely talented Beverley Knight throughout.  Read our 5* review of Matt in Memphis and read our big interview with Matt about joining Memphis.

Show of the Month
What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined
The cast of What's It All About? / Photo Credit: Nobby Clark

Very rarely does a piece of theatre as special as What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined come along. Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer's show presents Burt Bacharach's music with immense creativity and delicacy. I have never seen a show which uses music as an almighty medium to convey such true and deep passion. I found the piece exhilarating, joyful and emotional whilst sitting in awe of the talent of the multi-talented cast and of Bacharach's legendary music. Read our 5* review of What's It All About? and read our interview with Kyle Riabko about creating and starring in What's It All About?.

Understudy of the Year

Earlier this month West End Frame's Understudy of the Year Award returned with an almighty BANG! The support has been mind-blowing and well over 10,000 votes have already been counted, with just 1% currently separating the top two nominees. Voting must close at 3pm on Wednesday 12th August 2015. Click here to vote now and support our amazing understudies/alternates/standbys without whom the West End wouldn't be able to function!

Top News Stories

Interview Highlights

on taking over as Enjolras in Les Miserables
on their concert, friendship and dazzling careers
on making her West End debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia!

Selected Reviews

"A fiery show performed by a hard working cast."

"The piece fell flat and I was left hugely underwhelmed."

"Terrific, bizarre fun."

"The strongest ensemble cast I have ever seen at the Park Theatre."

"A couple of leads seemed to dip in and out of auto-pilot."

"Boys Of The Barricade put on an unmissable show bursting with talent, flair and fun."

Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

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