BEST OF BROADWAY: ROYAL ALBERT HALL REVIEW

BEST OF BROADWAY AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

An amazing show which showcased some of the best songs to come out of shows on Broadway, an amazing quartet of singers, and a fabulous live orchestra.

So already you can see this review is going to be a very positive one, and what a night it was. I have always liked the concept of a live performance. Be it music, theatre or plays. I find there something personal and honest about them. However, It was only recently that I had gone to see ballet performances at Richmond and New Wimbledon Theatre which introduced me to a live orchestra right in front of me. I found myself focused on the musicians rather than watching the performers on stage at different points of all the shows, so when I saw that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra were performing a range of hit songs from Broadway Musicals this was a must!

I hadn’t read too much into the show before attending. I love musicals so I had been pretty confident id enjoy the show. After collecting my programme and tickets though I soon realised just how good a night was in store for me.

Vocalists for the night had me purring, all seasoned stars of the west end stage and singers that took their opportunities to blow us away.

Adam Garcia a star of TV, Film and the Stage is a multi-talented star who has been seen in plenty across the aforementioned stage and screen also known for his tap dancing and good looks.

Abbie Osman previously of west end shows Evita, Side by Side and Lord of the Rings, a session and backing vocalist for world-renowned artists such as Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Tom Jones she has also gone onto perform with many orchestras’s such as Royal  Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and tonight the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matt Henry OBE and Olivier award-winning performer for his role in Kinky Boots, and WhatsOnStage Best actor in a musical winner 2016.

Cassidy Janson – played the lead role in Beautiful. A Carole King Musical, She was an original cast member of Wicked and will soon be performing in the production of Chess later this year with Michael Ball. They know how to perform. All slickly dressed for the night in sharp suits or fabulous dresses.

We had a treat of twenty-two Broadway songs. Sung in a quartet, solo or pairs. As previously mentioned the likes of Adam Garcia had us applauding loudly for his toe-tapping performance of Singing In The Rain and Sunset Boulevard. Cassidy Janson had us on edge with her performance of Beautiful from the Carole King musical of the same name and The Wizard and I from Wicked, Matt Henry OBE was sheer confidence reaching out to us with his rendition of The Lion King’s – Can you feel the love tonight? But the star of the night for me Abbie Osman whose powerful voice we heard right from the start dazzled in the classics that were Defying Gravity and Let it Go.

As good as the singers were this wouldn’t have been half as good without the sheer excellence of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by David Firman the main man conducting for the night,  David has conducted the original west end productions for shows such as Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera and many more.With his exuberant and at times excitable movement on stage, he guided this amazing orchestra throughout the night even having their moments of recognition through the overtures we heard in The Producers and Annie Overture at the start of each interval. These let us see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in full flow with the whole audience focused on them.

At the end of the whole night which finished with an Abba Medley, the audience stood and applauded, Recognising everyone’s contribution and amazing performances. This truly was the best of Broadway with the best of singers and best of orchestras to deliver it.