Kerry Ellis 20th Anniversary Tour: Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Reviewed 6th May 2018
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her first stage debut Kerry Ellis invites audiences to a showstopper concert. Star of Wicked, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables, Cats, Miss Saigon and most recently her first play The Importance Of Being Ernest the multi-talented star certainly knows how to perform and engage an audience.
In addition to her continued success in the theatre Kerry has a long-term working partnership with Brian May, is a guest presenter on Encore radio station, has recorded and released several singles and albums and continues to work hard to raise awareness of the Born Free foundation.
Kerry impressed the audience with her stunning vocals and power throughout the mixed set list containing songs from her albums, shows and new material. The set list featured a lot of songs written by Brian May, all of which Kerry performed brilliantly supported by the talented four-piece on stage band. Golden Days, the title song from her most recent album, was excellent and enabled Kerry to show off her amazing voice.
Kerry performed a wonderful rendition of Amazing Grace. The song remained simple and pure and stood out from the other slightly rocky, contemporary songs. Kerry’s voice, once again, worked really well with the song and she made subtle changes to the song to make it her own.
Obviously, the Queen of Green had to perform some songs from Wicked. She didn’t disappoint her fans. Whilst her version of For Good lacked a little. Having the audience singing the role of Glinda perhaps wasn’t the best idea. She certainly redeemed herself with Defying Gravity as a show-stopping finale number. Throughout the two hour show the audience were treated to some fantastic powerhouse vocals and belts and Defying Gravity certainly had these to boot.
The London Show Choir joined Kerry onstage for some songs including the amazing Somebody To Love. As always, The London Show Choir impressed the audience. They always look energetic and enthusiastic when performing and it was a pleasure to hear them provide backing vocals.
One of the best performances of the night was She Used To Be Mine written by Sara Bareilles. This song seems to be popular with musical theatre stars at the moment, with it being performed regularly at concerts. However Kerry’s performance really told the story. She sang it with conviction and made the song her own. A real skin tingling moment.
All in all this 20th Anniversary Tour was perfect for any fan of good music. With lots of variety everyone is sure to find something they like. For the avid Kerry Ellis fan there’s lots of recognisable songs. Plus a never heard before song written by Frank Wildhorn. With the tour ending on the 24th May don’t delay, grab a ticket if you can.