The 8th A West End Christmas once again took place at St. Paul’s (The Actor’s) Church in Covent Garden. I have no idea why I’ve never attented the event before – there honestly are no excuses for missing out on an evening like this. So obviously all I can say is: Shame on me!
First of all The Actor’s Church is an absolutely beautiful place for a Christmas concert. I felt all chistmassy right after I’d stepped inside. And the lovely people from Theatre MAD made me feel welcome straight away.
The concert started with the cast of The Lion King singing “Can’t help falling in love with you” which was beautifully arranged and certainly got everyone in the mood for an evening full of songs and joy.
I’m not going to review every single performance of the evening but I’d like to mention a few of my personal highlights.
Maureen Lipman reading “Twelve days of Christmas – A correspondence” was pure brilliance. Such timing and so very entertaining!
I was so happy to see and hear the lovely Jye Frasca at the concert. He did a wonderful version of “Home for Christmas” by Angelym Benson and Bobby Cronin which I really enjoyed. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it won’t be long until we get to see this talented young man back on stage in the West End.
Emma Lindars and Landi Oshinowo singing “Miss you most at Christmas time” is what I would call a show stopper. Those two voices together are just breathtaking and I can safely say that everyone inside the church was mesmerized by those two amazing ladies.
I remember seeing Kieran Brown in the ensemble of Love never dies (sadly I never managed to catch him as Raoul) and it was great to hear him sing not one but two songs at the concert (one accompanied by the fantastic Musical Theatre Academy). Such a greatc singer! I really enjoyed “Christmas with the in-laws”, a song I hadn’t heard before. And “Christmas eve” was simply beautiful.
After hearing him sing at this concert I definitely want to see Scott Garnham as Enjolras in Les Miserables. What a voice! Loved hearing his “A Winter’s Tale”.
Will Barratt did a completely stunning version of “My grown up christmas” and Alison Jiear’s “Climb ev’ry mountain” was absolutely fabulous.
Out of the group numbers I have to say Legally Blonde were my personal favourites. Their Christmas medley was both festive and had a bit of an uptempo touch to it which I liked a lot. And Stephen: Loved the moves! 😉
A bit of a funny incident was a little song mishap. The Royal Academy of Music and Shrek both did a wonderful medley which coincidentally contained one identical song. But hey, who cares! Both groups did a fantastic job and I absolutely didn’t mind listening to such a lovely song twice.
The whole evening really managed to get me into the Christmas mood. I actually put up the Christmas tree the next day and decorated the whole house.
It’s fantastic there is an organization like Theatre MAD that puts together amazing events like A West End Christmas year after year. It’s a wonderful evening and all for a great cause. Hopefully events like this will be part of London’s theatre community for years and years to come.
Thank you to everyone involved in this festive evening. This was my first visit to A West End Christmas but certainly not my last.
For more info in Theatre MAD please go to http://www.madtrust.org.uk