THE BEST OF THE WEST END – ROYAL ALBERT HALL
All the stars of stage came to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate a collection of the best West End Songs and to show us why west end theatre is alive just a fabulous live experience to enjoy.
Presenting a stunning collection of some of the greatest stars of musical theatre, performing alongside the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, with classic songs from Les Misérables • Mamma Mia! • Chicago • The Phantom of the Opera • Jersey Boys • The Lion King • West Side Story and many more.
Starring Ruthie Henshall, Ben Forster, Ramin Karimloo, Mazz Murray and many other West End stars. The show also featuring special guests Russell Watson and Friederike Krum.
Tonight was an enjoyable night of west end songs from west end cast. Many attendees will have been fans and will have seen at least one of the musicals showcased tonight such was the range of shows on display.
We had an introduction with an Overture from Sweet Charity followed by the classic ‘Any dream will do’ Do i need to mention its from Joseph and the Technicolour dream coat?
A pleasant start to the night it was however the mood certainly lifted when Mazz Murray who iis currently starring in Chicago came on stage and gave a performance befitting of her legendary reputation with the song ‘Cabaret’ from the show of the same name. Mazz brought energy and a vocal range that was hard to be ignored. The crowd reciprocated by delivering the first loud appreciative applause of the night.
Ruthie Henshall then followed with ‘All that Jazz’ delivering an assured performance of her previous role in Chicago. It was hard not to love this stage classic. Barring a joke in poor taste or timing rather with reference to the absence of John Owen Jones absence due to an allergic reaction she was a very welcome participant of the show.
Johns replacement Ramin Karimloo was a more than able replacement and delivered with next to nothing in terms of rehearsal when singing ‘Music of the Night’ from Phantom of the Opera.
Other great songs followed from Beauty and the Beast, The Lions Kings ‘Circle of Life’, We will Rock you and Original ‘Home from Home’ sung by Russell Watson in aid of the Chelsea Pensioners who accompanied him on stage and a great way to finish off the first half of the show.
The second half carried on where the first left and with more from West Side Story, and Sunset Boulevard the night flowed. However it wasnt until the Jersey Boys came on stage the energy was taken a level up and got the audience interacting with a few legendary songs ‘December 1963’ and ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’. Wicked’s ‘Defying Gravity’ is always a hit and no more so than tonight.
You cant have a west end night and not sing Les Miserables, and so finished with three treats for us.
Overall this was a fantastic night displaying why the west end has so much talent and vocal ability. Supported by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. The show was quite literally music to our ears.