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Giggin4Good, Actor’s Church

6 Feb

After last year’s very successful Giggin4Good summer showcase, the second Giggin4Good showcase took place on Sunday in the Actor’s Church in Covent Garden, again with a cast of both established and up-and-coming performers. I think the Actor’s Church is the perfect location for concerts and those of us who braved the weather were in for a wonderful evening, all in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Ziggie Sky Ward set the bar very high with her beautiful rendition of Lance Horne’s “Last Day on Earth”. David Brewis’ “Till I Hear You Sing” from Love Never Dies was very impressive and I loved his duet with Joseph Connor (“For Good” from Wicked). Joseph also sang “If I Didn’t Believe in You” from The Last Five Years.

Shaun McCourt

One of the highlights of the evening for me was Shaun McCourt, who sang “Last One Picked” from the musical Whoop-Dee-Do! and “Younger Than Springtime” from South Pacific. In the first song he got to show his excellent comic timing, while the second song highlighted his beautiful voice. He is currently understudying the part of Joseph in the UK tour and I would love to see him play it. A name to remember!

Another highlight was, of course, Rebecca Caine. Her “Somebody, Somewhere” from Happy Fella was simply stunning, as was her Follies duet with Rosie Clarkson. Their voices sounded sublime together.

There were some other great duets from Victoria Hamilton Barritt & Nathan Amzi and Twinnielee Moore & Max Milner. Victoria Hamilton Barritt also sang an amazing “Don’t Rain on My Parade”. I loved Alexia Khadime‘s “Easy as Life” from Aida, it just suited her voice perfectly. Annabel Lloyd‘s Neverland (Scott Alan) was just lovely and so was Rosa O’Reilly‘s “Astonishing” from Little Women.

Sabrina Aloueche

Ross Hunter has an incredible voice and his “Memphis Lives in Me” was superb, as was his duet with Sabrina Aloueche (“High Enough”/Rock of Ages), who also sang a breath-taking “The Honour of His Name”. His fellow Legally Blonde cast member Lincoln Stone sang a wonderful “Honesty”, but his “Anthem” from Chess was even better and a wonderful way to finish the evening.

There were also a couple of songs from two new musicals: My Land’s Shore, written Robert Gould and Christopher Orton, and Roundabout, written by Joe Sterling and Robert Gould.

The music from My Land’s Shore completely blew me away. I especially loved “I Know I Love Him”, which was sung by Kelly-Anne Gower, Sarah Lark and Laura Selwood and of course the rousing “My Land’s Shore/Finale” sung by Jonathan Williams and Kelly-Anne Gower, Sarah Lark, Laura Selwood, Christopher Orton, Gareth Richards, Alexis James and Joe Sterling. The cast recording has just been released and I’d urge you all to buy it. It’s a truly exciting new musical with a compelling story. More info can be found HERE.

The two songs from Roundabout, “Those Eyes”, which was sung by Joe Sterling, and “What We Are Here For”, which was sung by Christopher Orton were lovely too and I can’t wait to hear more about it.

I enjoyed Giggin4Good very much, so a big thank you needs to go to the organisers who put on such a superb concert and I hope they managed to raise a lot of money for GOSH. I’m already looking forward to the next one (whenever that may be).

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Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre, October 2011

11 Oct

I didn’t really plan on reviewing Les Misérables again, but after seeing the current cast for the second time and feeling a lot more positive about most of them, I think I should.

First of all, at this performance the part of Valjean was played by Jonathan Williams.  Out of the seven different Valjeans I’ve seen, he’s without a doubt my favourite.  For me, his is the perfect characterisation and his acting is incredible. He sang one of the best Soliloquies that I have heard and his Bring Him Home is wonderful! He just makes the character so real.

Cameron Blakely, who has taken over as Thénardier, gets the balance between funny and menacing just right, as did Leanne Rogers (u/s), who was on as Mme Thénardier.

I quite enjoyed Caroline Sheen’s Fantine this time. There were some parts I’m still not too keen on, but overall she gave a good performance.

After being pretty harsh on Liam Tamne’s Enjolras last time, I’m glad to say that I really liked him. He seems to be a lot more comfortable with the part now and vocally he was flawless.

Craig Mather is still incredibly strong as Marius, as is Lisa Anne Wood as Cosette.

My opinion of Hadley Fraser and Alexia Khadime, unfortunately, hasn’t changed (You can read it here). The only thing I’ll say now is that Fraser’s Javert is so over the top that it’s almost hilarious.

The ensemble is very strong. It was nice seeing George Miller back on stage as Courfeyrac.

All in all, this performance reminded me of just how good Les Misérables can be and I am glad I went to see it again.