West End Does: Halloween: Fortune Theatre, London
28th October 2018
What better way to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than with a collection of some of the West End’s biggest talents in a special Halloween concert? West End Does presented Halloween: I Screamed A Scream at the Fortune Theatre (home to The Woman in Black) on the 28th October, just days ahead of Halloween. With the audience and the stars in full costume it was certainly a night to remember.
Featuring a glittering cast, all of whom have starred in London’s longest running musical Les Miserables, including Jeremy Secomb, Rob Houchen, Jenny O’Leary, Emma Kingston, Adam Pearce, Adam Bayjou and Craig Mather and hosted by the hilarious Matt Lucas the audience were in for a treat. Unfortunately, Carrie Hope Fletcher was unwell and unable to perform, however with less than a days notice the incredible Eva Noblezada performed Carrie’s chosen song, ‘Pulled‘ from The Addams Family. As well as performing this song effortlessly and with full characterisation, Eva was opening both performances of West End Bares which was happening in the Shaftesbury Theatre across town!
Rob Houchen impressed with the range of songs, and costumes, that he performed from ‘This is Halloween‘ to ‘I See Fire‘ and a beautiful duet of ‘Creep‘ with Kayleigh McKnight. Jenny O’Leary blew the audience away with her stunning version of ‘Bring Me to Life‘. Her powerful vocals and chilling tone really did bring the song to life and with the added riffs and growls she managed to make it her own. Matching her powerhouse vocals was Emma Kingston. ‘No Good Deed‘ managed to almost raise the roof as Emma belted her way through the much loved song from hit Wicked.
As well as gorgeous vocals the audience were also treated to some humour from host Matt Lucas. In addition to showing off the ‘worst’ Halloween costumes ever made, he also kept the audience on their toes, even inviting those who had dressed up to join him onstage at one point. Whilst the show was very well produced, with a live band, decorated stage with carved pumpkins and candles and clever lighting, it also had the charm of feeling like an intimate, friendly event – a lot of this was due to Matt Lucas and his hosting skills.
The front of house staff and several members of the audience had gone to extra efforts to dress up suitably for Halloween and the cast looked fantastic. Jordan Lee Davies looked just the part for his version of ‘Sweet Transvestite‘ in over the knee black boots and a tight fitting corset. Jeremy Secomb’s clown costume was downright scary and Rob Houchen’s Edward Scissorhands was ingenious. Every effort had been made to ensure that this was a perfect way to spend Halloween.
With further songs such as ‘Thriller‘, ‘Ghostbusters‘, ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ and ‘Black Magic‘ the song selection was great and it was good to see a mixture of popular songs and musical theatre songs. Something for everyone.
West End Does is becoming a highlight of the calendar with their previous performances of West End Does: Bond and West End Does: The Magic of Animation. With West End Does: Christmas at Cadogan Hall this December there’s plenty more to look forward to for theatre fans.
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