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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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Rock of Ages, Shaftesbury Theatre

13 Nov

Rock of Ages is the latest Broadway transfer, a juke-box musical with rock songs from the 1980s and practically no story.

It centres around The Bourbon Room, a club that has to close because of a redevelopment project by a German business man and his son. The two owners manage to convince Stacee Jaxx and his band to give their last performance in their club where he started his career. The two protagonists however are Drew and Sherrie, an aspiring rock star who works in The Bourbon Room and a hopeful actress. They meet, fall in love, split up doe to some misunderstanding before being reunited again.

The “story” is held together by Lonny, who acts as a narrator and frequently breaks the fourth wall and directly adresses the audience.

Fortunately, Rock of Ages doesn’t seem to take itself very seriously as a musical either, which made it all a bit more bearable. However, I felt the only good thing about it was the cast.

Lonny, Drew and Sherrie were all played by understudies. Jamie Muscato has got an incredible strong voice and was very charismatic as Drew. Great performance. Natalie Andreou was equally strong as Sherrie, though I found her character not very likeable. The same is true for Lonny, who was played by Nathan Amzi. He did a good job, but I found the character and his jokes not even remotely funny.

Jodie Jacobs makes a great Regina, but I wish she’d get more chances to show her incredible voice off.

The ensemble are great dancers and get to show this a lot through out the show.

I think it’s fair to say that Rock of Ages is just not my type of musical at all. I sort of enjoyed it, but I don’t think I’d go back to it. I can see why many people like it, it certainly is a fun night out and I hope it manages to break the “curse of the Shaftesbury”, but not even the immense talent on that stage can tempt me back there.