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Bye Bye Jersey Boys

28 Mar

This post is not going to be about the final performance of Jersey Boys in the West End. Although I have been a supporter of the show since 2008 I did not attend the performance on Sunday. Jersey Boys still does and always will hold a special place in my heart though. And I did celebrate the show on Sunday but I did it by attending Ryan Molloy’s Farewell Frankie gig at the Hippodrome in London.

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For those of you that were not there and did not see anything about what happened yet I will sum it up in three words: Original Four reunited. Ryan Molloy, Glenn Carter, Philip Bulcock and Stephen Ashfield (who flew in just for a day from New York – that is dedication!) took the stage together for the first time since 2010 and gave Jersey Boys the best send off imaginable. It was a celebration of a show that has had a big impact on both its fans and the performers who have been part of it.

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I will not bore you with long talk about how important Jersey Boys has been for me – I have made friends through this show and have met so many wonderful people. I have not watched it regularly for the past few years but I cherish the memories from those first six years when I was a regular at the Prince Edward Theatre. And I am happy the show continued to make people happy for another three years at the Piccadilly Theatre.

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On Sunday I got the chance to celebrate Jersey Boys with the people who made me fall in love with it. And for that I cannot thank the man who made it happen enough: Ryan Molloy. What an incredible day he managed to put together: From the gig in the afternoon all the way to an aftershow party that went on until after midnight.

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It was lovely to see so many former Jersey Boys (and Girls) reunited at the gig and/or the aftershow party: Ryan Molloy, Stephen Ashfield, Glenn Carter, Philip Bulcock, Suzy Bastone, Kieran Jae, Charlie Bull, Chris Gardner, Jon Boydon, Matt Wycliffe, Trina Hill, Eugene McCoy – You are all amazing. Thank you for everything.

And Ryan was right: He only offers the truth – I shit you not.

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Since words cannot do the whole thing justice here are some videos for you to enjoy.









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27 at the Cockpit Theatre

12 Sep

We seem to have a morbid fascination with stars on a path of self-destruction. Fame can put a lot of pressure on a person. And we have witnessed individuals struggle and fall again and again – from Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. 27, a new musical by Sam Cassidy, deals with this phenomenon: The road to fame and how quickly it can end in tragedy. Told as a modern fable we meet Jimmy (stage name: Orpheus) who is trying to get his big break with his band. He is young and full of dreams. One fateful day he meets Ms. M who introduces him to the CEO of Olympus Records. Orpheus becomes a star. But with stardom comes self-destruction.

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Sam Cassidy has written a story about love, loss and the price of fame wrapped in a mystical narrative. It is an interesting concept and most of the time it works. One could argue that turning the CEO of the record company into the devil and his assistant Ms. M into Medusa is a bit of a cliché. On the other hand this is a modern day fairytale with all its classic elements: Villains, magical ingredients, a challenge the main character has to face and a lesson to be learned.

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I enjoyed the score even though I did not find it particularly memorable. It serves the story with a good mix of upbeat rock songs and ballads. There are some strong voices in the cast, Jodie Jacobs (Fate) and Ryan Molloy (Hades) being the stand outs. Ryan Molloy in particular brings a special buzz to this production. His Hades is just the right mix of evil and funny and steals the show whenever he is on stage.
Cassie Compton is very sweet as Orpheus’ girlfriend Amy. Jack Donnelly (Max) deserves a special mention for his strong acting performance.

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The staging is innovative and works well in this intimate venue. A warning for those who do not handle strobe lighting well: There is a lot of it. Although the space is limited Arlene Phillips has put together a vibrant choreography using every inch of the stage (and more – watch out if you are sitting next to the stairs on any of the three sides of the auditorium).

Personally I think this show could do with a bit of tightening up. Act two in particular felt a bit too long with the quest lasting forever without seeming to go anywhere. Maybe a 90 – 100 minutes one act show would be the right thing for 27.

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I left the theatre impressed by the show’s concept and most of the cast. 27 is a new musical and will only grow with time. There is huge potential for a show with an important message and I hope it finds an audience willing to come along on the ride.

27 is playing at the Cockpit Theatre until October 22nd. For more info and to book tickets visit http://27-london.com.

Ryan Molloy live at the Electric Carousel – 29th August 2015

30 Aug

Ryan Molloy’s long-awaited first public appearance after starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway took him to the Electric Carousel, an intimate concert venue in Central London. Advertised as “The New Jersey Songbook” the evening turned out to be a diverse journey through the music history of Jersey – from Frank Sinatra to Ben E. King to The Isley Brothers right to the hits of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Ryan treated his audience to a collection of some of the finest songs that were ever written.

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The special thing about Ryan is his ability to give every song a completely unique touch. You may have heard all of them a thousand times by various artists but you will always discover something new when you listen to Ryan’s take on them. And while there is no question that Ryan Molloy has one of the best voices in the business he also knows how to entertain and engage his fans making all of them feel part of the evening.

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As expected Frankie Valli / Four Seasons’ hits like “Can’t take my eyes of you” and “Beggin'” proved to be favorites amongst the audience along with a mini reunion for which Ryan was joined on stage by former Jersey Boys Matthew Wycliffe, Eugene McCoy and Chris Gardner singing “Who loves you”, “Oh what a night” and a Jersey Boys Medley.

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But it was the tender “Stand by me” (Ben E. King) and the powerful “This old heart of mine” (The Isley Brothers) that stood out for me. Here Ryan really showed that he is not just “the guy who sings Frankie Valli”.

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Those songs might be what he is best known for but over the years Ryan has proven that he can sing anything from Frankie Valli to modern-day Rock, Pop and Funk. And this concert at the Electric Carousel proved that he is just as comfortable singing a whole collection of classic hits that have their origin in Jersey.

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I could keep on praising the undeniable talent of Ryan Molloy for hours but instead I am going to let music speak. Below are some videos from last nights’ concert. Watch, listen and enjoy.

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Check out ryanmolloy.com for all the latest info about upcoming appearances and get in touch with Ryan on Facebook and Twitter @molloyofficial .





Help Ryan Molloy bring a 10 year dream alive

16 May

Usually I don’t use this blog to promote Kickstarter campaigns simply because I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m trying to make them spend their hard earned cash.

However, I’m going to make an exception because I think this campaign and the person running it is worth it. I’ve been following Ryan Molloy’s career for the past 7 years and I can honestly say this man is one of the most talented performer I have ever had the pleasure of seeing on stage. He’s probably best known for playing Frankie Valli in the hit musical Jersey Boys in the West End and he recently reprised the role on Broadway to rave reviews.
Apart from being a great theatre performer Ryan is also a gifted songwriter who has released several albums over the years. And now he is working on his latest release: Ryan Molloy’s Suntan, an album of original songs written and performed by Ryan and his band Suntan.

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This is where you come in. Ryan is raising funds to complete the studio recordings and launch the album live on stage at a venue in London in August.

I know this is not the first Kickstarter campaign of this kind and obviously we all don’t really have a lot of spare money. I was lucky enough to attend a private Suntan gig in March and I can assure you that if you like Ryan Molloy’s voice or funk music (or both!) this Kickstarter campaign is for you. I am quite picky when it comes to live music – I’m one of those people who usually have a few favourite songs on an album but just as many songs they will skip. Because of that gigs can be very hit and miss for me depending on how many of my personal favourites the artist will play. However, Suntan have managed what very few other bands have: A collection of favourite songs and nothing else. Their music is fresh, funky and quite simply a whole lot of fun.

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So, please do yourself and me a favour and check out Ryan’s Kickstarter campaign. Please spread the word and support someone I not only consider a brilliantly talented singer and songwriter but also a great person who deserves every success.

(Plus some of the pledge rewards are just insane and need to be seen – if anyone goes for the spray tan pledge please let me know and I will personally buy you a ticket for the album launch gig when they go on general sale!).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/622093788/ryan-molloys-suntan-recording-the-album-and-launch

Suntan live at Battersea Park Studios (former Sphere Studios) – 6th March 2015

8 Mar

It’s been more than a year since Ryan Molloy’s sell out gig at the Hippodrome Casino in London. Since then he has finished his 6 years run as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in London’s West End and reprised the part to rave reviews on Broadway. In between his fans could catch him playing the hilarious interior designer Horace in Fings ain’t what they used t’be at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
And now Ryan Molloy is back in London and ready to introduce his fans to his band Suntan.

Suntan are Ryan Molloy (vocals) and Douglas Horner. The band has been around for a while but appearances have been sparse. After recording some new songs Suntan were back on stage at London’s Battersea Park Studios (former Sphere Studios) last Friday. The private gig showed what Suntan are all about: Funky music and great entertainment.

Those of you who only know Ryan through his musical theatre credits might be surprised by Suntan. The band’s music couldn’t be further away from anything you’ve seen and heard Ryan do in musical theatre. Suntan’s music feels fresh and Ryan’s vocals give the songs a certain edge that makes them stand out. And while the band certainly focuses on danceable tunes they also master ballads like the melodic “Watchtower”.

For many people Ryan Molloy is “that guy who played Frankie Valli” which is no surprise considering the amount of time he has spent performing the part in London and New York. So it might come as a shock to some to see him do something so completely different. But personally I feel he is finally back doing what he loves most. Seeing him perform with Douglas Horner, singing all those catchy songs, he seemed to be completely in his element and totally at ease with himself. And that is one reason it is such a joy to watch Suntan on stage. Ryan Molloy and Douglas Horner clearly enjoy what they are doing and they certainly have the talent, the energy and the songwriting skills to match their enthusiasm.

After the intimate showcase at Battersea Park Studios I really hope more people will get the chance to experience Suntan in the near future. I think the world is ready – it’s time to introduce the twist.

Check out some clips of the gig below and make sure to follow Ryan Molloy on Twitter @molloyofficial and Facebook for all the latest info on upcoming appearances.

I’d also like to give a special shout out for the lovely people at Battersea Park Studios who made everyone feel so welcome.

 

 

Everybody knows my name – A short film by Philip Bulcock

18 Jun

“Everybody knows my name” is a short film featuring the original London Jersey Boys leads Ryan Molloy, Glenn Carter, Philip Bulcock and Stephen Ashfield. The film is based on the song of the same title (written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe) which is referred to but not actually used in the hit musical Jersey Boys. Some might call this film an extended music video but it really is so much more than that.

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We see four guys in a hotel room. The setting is gloomy and there is a hint of melancholy in the air. It is clear that these four guys are famous – members of a band. The window is opened for a second, screaming fans can be heard, the window is closed again. The four guys hardly acknowledge their surroundings. One of them starts playing a melody on his guitar. They sing a song about the price of their fame. All the while they appear impassive – maybe they are lost in thoughts, maybe they have just given up.

“Everybody knows my name” exposes the cost of fame. In the musical Jersey Boys Frankie Valli tells the audience: “If you’ve got a home and a family, you’ve got much more than me”. In Philip Bulcock’s short film we see what exactly that means.

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Ryan Molloy’s clear lead vocals are a joy to listen to and together with his fellow Jersey Boys he gives the song a wonderfully melodic sadness that fits right into the picturesque but despondent appearance of the film.

I’ve always admired the chemistry the original London Jersey Boys leads had and it is wonderful to see those four guys reunited in this film. There is something about this group that makes them special and Philip Bulcock has managed to capture this unique vibe perfectly.

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Whether you are a fan of the original London cast of Jersey Boys or just generally interested in short films – “Everybody knows my name” is a work not to be missed. Philip Bulcock proves his talent as both director and actor with a thought-provoking story told through song and pictures.

“Everybody knows my name” is set to be released on Friday, 20th of June 2014. It has been a long time waiting but I can assure you: This film is worth the wait.

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Stay up to date with the latest news about the film on Facebook and follow its director Philip Bulcock on Twitter @PhilipBulcock .

Fings ain’t what they used t’be at Theatre Royal Stratford East

15 May

Let me start with saying that I watched this show without any prior knowledge of either the story or the score. All I knew about Fings ain’t what they used t’be was the fact that is was a musical about cockney low-life characters set in the 1950s (which is what Wikipedia tells you). My initial thought was it might be a cockney Guys and Dolls – it turns out I wasn’t too far off.

Fings ain’t what they used t’be is a funny, sometimes slightly odd but never boring show about gamblers, thieves, prostitutes and corrupt policemen in London and their dream of a different (better?) life. Set in a gambling den in a back street of Soho it tells the story of Fred – a slightly run down gangster – who is trying to make a comeback. His girlfriend Lil longs for a respectable life. Fred’s gambling den is a meeting point for the failures of the underworld including Tosher the ponce and his girls.

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I admit it took me quite a while to get into the story. I am not familiar with cockney slang and I’m sure some rather clever lines went straight over my head. However, I ended up enjoying this show a lot. It is one of those old-fashioned musicals that wins you over with its charm. Having said that I don’t think this show will appeal to everyone. It is slightly too absurd in places and the score – although very catchy in parts – is not something I would listen to at home.

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The cast of this show is wonderfully talented and does a great job. I was especially impressed by Gary Kemp and Jessie Wallace.
Ryan Molloy is hilariously camp as interior designer Horace and although his appearances are sparse he steals the show whenever he is on stage – sometimes just with his outfit. Sadly I couldn’t warm to Stefan Booth’s Tosher who appears rather bland and one dimensional.
Sarah Middleton is very cute as Rosie and Christopher Ryan (Red Hot) has the audience in fits of laughter. Special mention for the brilliant Vivian Carter and Gary Watson – I just wish those two weren’t so awfully underused in this show.

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Fings ain’t what they used t’be is a witty, warm-hearted musical comedy. If you like Guys and Dolls this should be a show for you. And for all of you who will be watching this for Ryan Molloy alone (I suspect that goes for quite a few people reading this): Go with an open mind and don’t expect Frankie Valli part two.

Running at Theatre Royal Stratford East until 8th June 2014.

For more info and tickets click here.

Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre 2008 – 2014

10 Mar

I still remember how it all started. In 2008 I stumbled upon a few clips of this new show which had just opened at the Prince Edward Theatre. This was the first time I heard that voice and I was hooked straight away. This guy named Ryan Molloy hit all those insane notes with such ease – I was amazed and I knew I had to go and see him and the show.

It’s actually almost funny that the main reason I booked tickets for Jersey Boys was indeed Ryan and on my first visit to the show the main man was off sick. Was I disappointed? Of course I was. At least until the show started. Because once I got over the fact that Ryan wasn’t on I realised I was watching one of the slickest and most entertaining shows I had seen in my life. The timing in Jersey Boys is incredible and doesn’t fail to amaze me even after almost 6 years of watching the show. That combined with the incredibly talented cast made me fall in love with Jersey Boys straight away. In case you are wondering, my first Frankie Valli was no other than the wonderful Jye Frasca who still has a place in my top 3 favourite Frankies.

I started out with the odd visit every 2 months which means I only got to see the original London cast a few times. It wasn’t until after the first cast change that I became a proper regular at the show. But once I started there was no going back for me and up to 4 visits a month became the norm pretty quickly.

And here I am, almost 6 years later. I have seen this show develop over the years, I have seen performers come and leave. Every cast has had something special. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the “Original Four” though: Ryan Molloy, Stephen Ashfield, Glenn Carter and Philip Bulcock. Those four guys had a special chemistry that no other Four Seasons combo has been able to match so far (at least in my opinion).

So many wonderful people have graced the stage at Jersey Boys since 2008 – it’s impossible to name them all. I feel extremely lucky to have met some of the most talented and nicest performer in the West End through this show, many of whom I have continued to support after they moved on to other shows.

This show has been a big part of my theatre life for the past 6 years. And now that its time at the Prince Edward Theatre has come to an end I feel a huge loss. Yes, I realise this is not the end of Jersey Boys. In less than a week a brand new cast (including some familiar faces) will open the show at its new home, the Piccadilly Theatre. However, this is the end of my time as a Jersey Boys regular. Unlike other fans I won’t be moving with the show. For me Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre was something special and no matter how good the new cast may be, I just feel that it’s time for me to close this chapter.

I have loved my 6 years at the Prince Edward Theatre – a place I could probably call my second home by now. I have met some dear friends through this show and I wouldn’t change a thing about my time spent at Jersey Boys.

So many people had a part in making those years a wonderful experience, from the cast to everyone working backstage, from the band to the lovely people at the box office and the front of house staff. This is my way of thanking each and every one of you. Without you Jersey Boys would not have been such a great place to spend an evening (exactly 182 of them in my case).

I have to take an extra moment to thank one person in particular because without him I might never have booked my first ticket for the show and I might not have stayed with it all those years. Ryan Molloy is not just an amazingly talented performer but also a wonderful person and I’m happy and proud to call myself a supporter of him and his work. I salute his 6 years commitment to Jersey Boys and even though I think leaving the show is the right decision I am terribly sad I will never get to see his Frankie again.

All things must come to an end and my Jersey Boys journey ended on 9th March 2014. This doesn’t mean I will never watch the show again. There is no way I am not going to jump at the chance of seeing Ben Wheeler’s Tommy DeVito or Mark Isherwood’s Nick Massi. But my days as a regular visitor are definitely over. It’s time to start a new chapter. Let’s see where it takes me.

Little trip down memory lane in pictures

 

Ryan Molloy live at The Hippodrome – January 18th 2014

23 Jan

Ryan Molloy recently set a world record for being the longest-ever lead in a West End show having done way over 2.000 shows as Frankie Valli in the hit musical Jersey Boys. With all that success in musical theatre one might forget that Ryan is also a talented songwriter who has been making music for more than 20 years. With his run in Jersey Boys approaching 6 years Ryan decided to remind people of this with a 2 hours set of his own music (and a few covers) at The Hippodrome in London.

Anyone who has been to one of Ryan’s gigs knows they tend to be funky and slightly crazy. This gig was no difference with stories about a girl with a moustache, sharing a flat with an “alcohol and drug addict who liked to party like Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad” and playing Ted (“Could have been Bill, don’t remember”) in Bill and Ted’s Musical Adventure at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Beside entertaining the crowd with little tales about his career Ryan did what he does best: Amaze the audience with his wonderful voice. From almost ridiculously high notes in “Come back to me” to a simply beautiful “Power of love” and smooth vocals in “Every little thing” Ryan is without a doubt one of the most versatile singers in the West End.

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Obviously his version of “My eyes adored you” which flowed seamlessly into a slow version of “Turn on the night” was one of the audience’s favourites showing once again how well-loved Ryan’s portrayal of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys is. Uptempo numbers like “Nine and a half” and the introduction of “The Twist” had the audience tapping their feet along and the latter even got a bit of singing participation after some encouragement from the man himself.

All in all this was a highly entertaining evening full of fantastic music performed by one of the most talented singers I have had the pleasure of seeing on stage in my life. It was great to see Ryan performing his own songs – something we will hopefully get to experience more often in the future. I would like to give a special mention to Ryan’s band, first for accompanying him so brilliantly and furthermore for keeping up with him – it couldn’t have been easy (if you were there you will know what I mean).

Ryan is a fantastic singer, a wonderfully talented performer and one of the most entertaining people the West End has ever seen. And most importantly he is not Frankie Valli and not “The Trotter” – he is “still Ryan Molloy”.

To find out more about Ryan go to http://www.ryanmolloy.com/, find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @molloyofficial .

His new album “Turn on the night – the album” was on sale at the gig and will hopefully be available to buy online soon. Here’s a glimps at the track list.

1. Turn on the night… master mix
2. Make my day
3. Nine and a half
4. When the music stops
5. Watch Tower
6. Come back to me
7. Every little thing
8. One heart
9. Don’t break my heart slowly
10. Without you
11. You make my song rhyme
12. Turn on the night… The Bulcock rap mix
13 … there might be a “hidden” track, I won’t spoil the surprise

Picture by Hayley Thorpe (thank you!)

Theatrical highlights of 2013

25 Dec

It’s that time of year again where I want to take a moment and name my theatrical highlights of the past 12 months. I know a lot of theatre websites and blogs publish their personal “best and worst” but I’ve decided to concentrate on the good things and not name and shame shows and such that were not to my taste.

So here goes, in no particular order. Lets start with my show highlights of 2013.

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Once the musical (Phoenix Theatre)

I admit I had been listening to the soundtrack for months before I first saw the West End production of this show and I kind of knew I was in for a treat when I stepped inside the Phoenix Theatre on a Saturday evening in March. However, I couldn’t have imagined this show would have such a huge impact on my theatre life. Once is by far the most beautiful thing I have seen on a stage for a long time. It’s such a sweet and simple show that touches your heart and soul. I have become a regular at the Phoenix Theatre over the past months and I intend to keep watching and supporting this show. Everyone involved in this production deserves the biggest round of applause for bringing Once to life in London’s West End. Thank you for some of the finest moments I’ve spent in a theatre this year.

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Sweeney Todd (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester)

This production was everything I hoped it would be and more. A brilliant cast and fantastic staging. This is the way a show like this should be presented to the audience. I was thrilled from start to end.

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The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time (Apollo Theatre)

This play has been around for a while but it took me until this year to finally go and see it. Having read the book years ago I had no idea how it would be possible to transfer this story to the stage. To say I was amazed after my first visit would be an understatement. I left the theatre completely blown away by the staging, the set and the cast. I really hope this play has a future after the tragic events the other week (thoughts are with everyone affected).

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Bare (Greenwich Theatre)

I went to see this without knowing anything about the show except a few songs. It was one of those “So-and-so is in it so I’m going to see it” kind of visits. What can I say? I loved it. It made me laugh and it made me cry and I wish I could have seen it more than just once.

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Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre)

I went to see this because I just couldn’t miss out on seeing this cast on stage together. It may not be the strongest play but it was one of my most memorable theatrical evenings of 2013 thanks to the wonderfully talented cast.

Obviously I have seen and enjoyed a lot more shows, some of which I’ve been watching again and again for years. But the five productions above are my stand outs of all new (at least for me) shows I’ve seen this year. Lets go on with my highlights when it comes to performers in 2013. Please note that I’m not only choosing from the list of performers I’ve seen for the first time in 2013. But I am only including performers I have seen on stage this year in one or more productions. Again, this list has no particular order.

Declan Bennett
He is currently playing Guy in Once the musical as well as doing gigs in London (and recently New York) now and then. I could seriously listen to Declan singing for hours. His voice makes my heart smile – as cliché as it may sound.

Heather Headley
For me this lady is a singing goddess, simple as that. I adore her voice and I loved seeing her on stage in The Bodyguard more times than I should possibly admit. I think she’s stunning through and through.

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I’ve been following Ryan’s career for the past 6 years and he still manages to amaze me. His voice is incredible and he is one of those people who were just born to be on stage. On top of that he is a wonderful person and I’m happy and proud to call myself a supporter.

Ben Wheeler
Ben has been a swing at Jersey Boys in London for the past six years. Not only is he by far my favourite Tommy DeVito, he has proven that he is one of the most talented and versatile performers this production has ever seen.

Jill Winternitz
I admit I’m not the biggest fan of Dirty Dancing the musical. However, I am a huge fan of this lovely lady. Jill is currently playing Baby in Dirty Dancing at the Piccadilly Theatre and she is one of the reason I find this production hugely enjoyable.

Stephen Ashfield
I haven’t listed The Book of Mormon in my show highlights of 2013 even though I did enjoy the show a lot. I am however a bit tired of the never-ending hype surrounding the production (good for them though, it’s always great to see a show selling well). And when I think about it the real highlight in this show is Stephen. In my eyes he is the star, he is what makes me want to go and see this show again at some point. I’ve been supporting Stephen for a few years now and I have loved him in every single show I’ve seen him in, from Jersey Boys to Legally Blonde, Boy meets Boy, Book of Mormon etc. Stephen is brilliant, full stop.

Ian McIntosh
He never really caught my eye in Rock of Ages. I remember seeing him on stage a few times but for me he didn’t stand out. Then I went and watched The Commitments and he happened to be playing Deco that evening. I was blown away! That voice is quite simply insane and I cannot praise his performance high enough. Ian is a future leading man, I’m absolutely sure of it.

Ben Whishaw
I’ve been dying to see Ben Whishaw on stage ever since I watched Perfume – Story of a Murderer ages ago. So as you can imagine this year has been a dream for me in that sense – Ben appearing in not just one but two plays in the West End. I loved him in Peter and Alice and I was completely stunned watching him in Mojo. It’s very rare to see such an incredibly talented actor on stage, someone who doesn’t just play his part but who seems to truly become the character he is playing.

Luke Treadaway
This man amazed me with his portrayal of Christopher Boone in Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time. His performance was so real and honest – I am still in awe just thinking about it.

And finally I’m adding a group of people to the list because I honestly can’t just name a few of them – these guys and girls are all stars:

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The cast of Once the musical
It’s very rare to see a cast that fits together so incredibly well. This group of people – all incredibly talented individuals – have come together and created something magical at the Phoenix Theatre. As much as I love Once as a show, I absolutely adore its cast and I cannot thank them enough for the music, the laughs and the tears. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And that’s it everyone. There have been a lot more performers who have made me smile, laugh and generally filled my theatre-loving heart with joy. I could try and name them all but we’d still be here next year and I’m sure you all have better things to do than going through a list of names.

All that’s left to do now is to thank all of you for being interested in my blog. Thanks for reading and commenting and thanks for keeping in touch on Twitter. I do hope I have managed to provide at least a few half interesting reviews, interviews and such. I’ll try my best to keep you interested in 2014. I’ve got a few new shows on the agenda soon so there should be new reviews up in the not to far away future.
Please continue to comment and tweet. It’s always lovely to hear from fellow theatregoers and all you people working in the industry.

I hope each and everyone of you is having a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy the last days of 2013 and here’s to a great 2014 full of theatrical fun.

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