Archive | January, 2012

An Evening with Chris Passey and Friends, Leicester Square Theatre

24 Jan

An Evening with Chris Passey and Friendswas presented by Carrie James Productions and Big World Theatre Company in aid of Cancer Research UK and the MS Society.

Chris Passey released his debut album “Self Taught, Still Learning” (Review) late last year and this was a great showcase of his music. He was joined by some very talented performers as well as the students of the Musical Theatre Academy.

There were no highlights for me, simply because I thought each and every performance was outstanding, so I decided to just go through the whole set list:

Sin That I Am In – Joseph Connor & Nathan Taylor. What a great way to start the evening. Both Joseph Connor and Nathan Taylor did a great job.

Ziggie Sky Ward

Getting Married Today – Ziggie Sky Ward. I know I’ve said it before, but with this performance Ziggie showed again just how talented she is. Amazing.

How Would They Feel – Chris Passey. My favourite song from the album, it sounds even better live.

Love Will Find a Way – Nadine Cox. Nadine Cox is simply phenomenal. Loved her performance, as well as the two Musical Theatre Academy students who supported her.

Lifeline – Amy Carroll. It’s such a beautiful song and Amy’s performance was very moving.

Stevie Webb

Three Tiny Words – Allyson Ava Brown. Another great performance, Allyson has a wonderful voice.

Room For Me – Stevie Webb. Great song and great performance by Stevie and the students of the MTA. It sounded amazing with the choir.

One Day More – Chris Passey. A lovely song by Georgia Stitt (aka Jason Robert Brown’s wife) and performance by Chris.

Kiss the Air – Joseph Connor. Joseph sounded great singing this Scott Alan song.

David Brewis

In My Arms – David Brewis. I’d never seen David in anything else before, but he completely blew me away with his performance. Another incredibly talented young performer to watch out for and what a way to finish the first half!

You Were Mine – Zoe Littleton, CiCi Howells, Kieran Kuypers & Anthony Matteo. The MTA has incredibly talented students! Great performance by all four of them.

If They Only Knew – Matthew Barrow. I like this song very much anyway, but Matthew’s performance took the song to a whole new level.

Matthew Barrow

Proud of Your Boy – Chris Passey. A lovely song from Disney’s Aladdin

Superman – Shona White. Great performance from Shona and the two supporting students from the MTA.

‘Till I Hear You Sing – David Brewis. I didn’t like Love Never Dies when I saw it, but there are undoubtedly some great songs in it. This one works so well out of context of the show and David’s performance was amazing.

Taylor the Latte Boy’s Response – Nathan Taylor. I love this song and Nathan’s comic timing was spot on.

Nadine Cox

Your Loving Arms – Stevie Webb. Chris Passey wrote this song especially for him. It’s a stunning ballad and Stevie was superb as always.

Being Alive – Danny Lane. I saw Danny sing this song at A Night For Jennifer and hearing him again just confirmed what an amazing voice he has.

Worthy – Carl Au.I loved his rendition of this stunning ballad, very emotional.

Take Me With You – Nadine Cox & Chris Passey. Great duet of a great song.

Blue Sky Thinking – Kayleigh Stephenson. Lovely way to end the evening, again with a more uptempo number. I really Kayleigh’s voice.

An Evening with Chris Passey and Friends really was an evening to remember. Great songs, amazing performances by everyone involved, lovely banter in-between songs and even a short (video) appearance from Miranda Sings – all for a good cause. Chris writes such beautiful and moving songs and seeing them performed in such a tiny space was wonderful.

If you haven’t bought “Self Taught, Still Learning” yet, you can get it from iTunes, Dress Circle or British Theatre, with all proceeds going to the MS Society and Cancer Research UK.


A Spotlight on Matthew Gent, Landor Theatre

19 Jan

A Spotlight on… is a series of one-night cabarets at the Landor Theatre, which  give performers the opportunity to share their talents and their favourite songs and tell their stories in this intimate 60 seats venue.

Matthew Gent’s credits include Les Misérables and  Phantom of the Opera in the West End, Bright Lights Big City (Hoxton Hall) and The Hired Man (Landor Theatre). He was accompanied on the piano by Magnus Gilljam.

Matthew started off with Running Wild from the movie Some Like It Hot and then proceeded to sing a  musical medley that included everything from Mary Poppins to Andrew Lloyd Webber, which was wonderful and very entertaining.

Next up was Something’s Coming from West Side Story, another very impressive performance.

I’ve only ever listened to The Wiz once some time ago and it didn’t leave a great impression, but I loved Matthew’s What Would I Do If I Could Feel from it.

His I Get a Kick Out of You from Anything Goes was great, the song suited his voice so well.

I really liked his jazzy My Baby Just Cares For Me.

Jessie May

For There Once Was a Man from The Pajama Game Matthew was joined by his first guest of the evening, the very talented Jessie May. I loved this song.

Next up was a medley of three Rodgers and Hart songs: You Mustn’t Kick It Around from Pal Joey, My Funny Valentine from Babes in Arms and Manhattan from Garrick Gaieties.

Gavin James

He then sang Take Me To The World from Sondheim’s Evening Primrose with Gavin James. This was one of the highlights of the evening for me, their voices sounded just wonderful together.

Now For The First Time from The Hired Man. I loved the production at the Landor Theatre last year and his rendition was very good, but I still think I prefer it as a duet.

Matthew’s Does The Moment Ever Come from Stiles & Drewe’s Just So was great. It’s such a lovely song anyway, but he managed to make it even better.

The last song before the interval was What Kind of Fool Am I from Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. A perfect way to end the first half.

The second half started with Boy With Dreams from Edges. This is one of my favourites songs from it, a wonderful performance by Matthew.

Run Away With Me is probably one of the most popular cabaret songs at the moment. It is great though, and so was his rendition.

Jessie May came back on stage to sing Get Out and Stay Out from 9 To 5. She really has a fantastic voice.

Tabitha Webb

Matthew then was joined by Tabitha Webb for “The Rooftop Scene” from Phantom of the Opera (Why Have You Brought Us Here/All I Ask of You). I must admit that I’m not a great fan of this musical, but I saw him as Raoul once and thought he was great, so I enjoyed hearing it again.

Next up was Love Look Away from Flower Drum Song. Another great song and Matthew sounded stunning.

I absolutely loved his Where Do You Start (Michael Feinstein). It’s a beautiful song and he sang it with so much emotion.

Tabitha Webb came back on stage to sing So Many People from Sondheim’s Saturday Night, before Matthew sang Hero and Leander from Guettel’s song cycle Myths and Hymns.

Matthew then sang a beautiful song by Ricky Ian Gordon. Unfortunately I have no idea what it’s called.

The last song was Grace Kelly (Mika). I don’t particularly like this song, but it definitely showed off Matthew’s versatility.

His encore was If, again from Stiles & Drewe’s Just So. I think it’s one of the best MT songs I know and he nailed it. For me it was the perfect ending to such a wonderful evening.

In the course of the evening, Matthew Gent did not only show what a fantastic voice he has, but his stories and anecdotes in between the songs were witty, interesting and very entertaining.

All in all, it was a highly enjoyable evening and proved to me that he is one of those incredibly talented young performers you should watch out for.

Matthew is also a regular host for Show Off! at Cafe Koha. More information can be found here.