April has been another stagey month but for the first time this year I have seen as many concerts as musicals. The great thing about concerts is seeing how performers perform when they are not under the constraints of a dictated character and storyline, this is a brilliant indication of just how talented they are. Without direction and a character to fall back on it leaves the artist extremely exposed and vulnerable. Not that you would have guessed this in any of the amazing concerts I have seen this month.
I was particularly pleased to see Eva Noblezada and Natalie Weiss this month. As both performers are American and do not work or live in the UK so the opportunity to see both of them perform in London was great. Both concerts thoroughly impressed me and left me in awe of their talent. The lovely thing about both of them as well was the intimate setting which meant that you really felt like you got to see an insight into their lives and careers. To read my review of Eva’s concert click here and to read more about Natalie’s one night only performance click here.
I was very fortunate to see Bat Out of Hell this month too. I had caught parts of it last year but hadn’t been able to see it so when I was offered tickets to it just a week after officially opening in the Dominion Theatre, London I grabbed them. Whilst it was visually stunning and the music was performed brilliantly, it felt too overstaged and the over complicated plot spoilt what could have been a fantastic show. Having since read other people’s reviews (I never read reviews prior to seeing a show in case it obscures my judgement) it seems I am not alone. It’s certainly one of those marmite shows. You either love or hate it. I didn’t hate it. But I’m certainly pleased I didn’t pay top money for it and I won’t be rushing back to see it again. To read my full review of Bat Out Of Hell click here.
One musical that did really impress me was Sunset Boulevard. I’ll admit it did take me a while to really get into the show (this is why I gave it 4 stars) but the second act really blew me away. Ria Jones as Norma was fantastic as was Danny Mac as Joe. The touring show has since ended but I’m sure that it will not be long before making a reappearance as critics and audience members alike have highly praised the production. To read my full review click here.
If My Life Were Like A Musical was another brilliant show this month. It was only on for just over a week but this fantastic show written by Alexander S. Bermange was hilarious and performed superbly by the small cast of just 4 seasoned West End performers. For someone like me, who loves all things musicals, this was an excellent concept and it worked especially well in the intimate space in the Crazy Coqs, Live at Zedel. I’m sure this is not the last we have heard of this musical revue. To read more about this production click here.
Another superb show this month was Teddy at The Vaults. I loved the dynamic acting and storytelling by the two actors Molly Chesworth and George Parker. The immersive setting was also fantastic and really set the scene before you even got into the auditorium. I’m not normally a Rock’n’Roll kind of person but the music fitted so well and it was great to hear some original music played live on stage. To read my full review of Teddy click here.
April also brought some new stagey treats to look forward to. Casting for the eagerly anticipated Little Shop of Horrors at Regent Park Open Air Theatre, Heathers premiering at The Other Palace and a revival of Six, including a month in London. I absolutely loved Six during its short stint at the Arts Theatre in January and can’t wait to revisit the show in Edinburgh and London. My only small gripe is the new press photos which, despite being brand new, don’t actually depict the new cast. At little misleading to say the least. However, this is an amazing show and I am very excited to be seeing it again! To read my review of Six back in January click here.
I already have lots to look forward to in May including Kerry Ellis’ tour, The Tap Pack, a semi-staged performance of A Little Princess, my first time at the Breakin’ Convention at Sadlers Wells, another star studded West End Live Lounge and Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. I have a feeling May is going to continue to be as stagey as April!