Saturday, 22 August 2015

Review: Sweet Charity at Cadogan Hall starring Denise Van Outen, Kerry Ellis & Kimberley Walsh



Sweet Charity In Concert 
Cadogan Hall
Reviewed on Thursday 20th August 2015
★★★★

Denise Van Outen returns to musical theatre in Paul Foster's concert staging of Sweet Charity by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon.

Featuring some classic songs such as 'Big Spender', 'There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This' and 'Rhythm Of Life', the cast are joined onstage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra who sound absolutely glorious under the direction of Richard Balcombe.

Shockingly this was actually my first time seeing a production of Sweet Charity. The title character is a dance hall hostess dreaming of old-fashioned romance but always falling for the wrong guy. Van Outen has the time of her life as Charity, she owns the stage and wins the audience over with charm and confidence.


The supporting cast are also strong, there are some brilliantly delivered lines from Kerry Ellis and Kimberley Walsh who strut around the stage as Charity's best friends Helene and Nickie. The duo unite for a beautiful rendition of 'Baby, Dream Your Dream' in the second act.

Rehearsal time may have been limited, yet Matt Flint's sizzling choreography is executed brilliantly by the ArtsEd Ensemble who received some of the evening's biggest applauses. Elsewhere Michael Xavier shows great versatility as Charlie/Vittorio Vidal/Oscar Lindquist. There are also stellar performances from Michael Simkins, Rodney Earl Clarke and Amy Perry as Herman, Big Daddy and Ursula.

Fun, cheeky and oozing with heart, it seems a shame that Foster's production only runs for six performances.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Sweet Charity plays its final two performances today (22nd August 2015) at 2.30pm & 7.30pm at Cadogan Hall. Please visit www.cadoganhall.com for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Alex MacNaughton

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