West End Does: Halloween: The Magic Circle, London
Back with another thrillifying concert West End Does: Halloween has gone to extra efforts this year to ensure audiences get their fair share of magic and showbiz. Held in the top secret headquarters of The Magic Circle audience members were treated to an unique insight into the Magic Circle itself with entry into the Magic Circle Museum, drinks at the whilst being entertained by music and dance acts and close magic by some of the top magicians.
All of this was before any of the actual concert even started! Special guests for this concert were: John Owen-Jones, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Rob Houchen, Max Somerset and Hiba Elchikhe. As always West End Does have managed to put together a superb cast and a varied set. Deciding to focus on magic this year rather than a themed concert Award-winning TV magician, Max Somerset wowed the audience with impressive tricks in between the set list. Max’s comic way with the audience was brilliant and made his illusions even more fun. The goldfish trick, in particular, was a highlight with many people wondering how he managed to seemingly magic two live goldfish into a glass of water from thin air.
With a smaller cast this year compared to other concerts each member was able to spend longer onstage. Carrie Hope Fletcher stunned the audience with her vocally impressive ‘No Good Deed‘ from the hit show Wicked, prompting fans to wonder if she could become a future Elphaba. Rob Houchen and John Owen-Jones matched Carrie for strength and power during their rendition of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ which blew the audience away and received rapturous applause and quite rightly so. Trevor Dion Nicholas invited the audience to join in with him in the hit Bowie song ‘Magic Dance‘ from the 80’s cult film Labyrinth.
The show also featured a talented group of dancers from Urdang Academy and two competition winners who were invited to sing a duet each. Elissa Churchill sang ‘Superstition‘ with Trevor Dion Nicholas. Her rich vocals worked brilliantly against his soulful flair whilst Lois Morgan Gay sang ‘I Did Something Bad‘ with Hiba Elchikhe. Again, both performers sung brilliantly and their vocals bounced off each other to create an excellent rendition of the Taylor Swift hit.
With a collection for the charity Mousetrap which helps young people access theatre regardless of their cultural, social or economic background, intimate concerts like these are not just about entertainment but help to support the wider theatre community. It is great to see so many familiar faces back onstage again helping to support West End Does and with two more concerts recently announced: West End Does: Christmas and West End Does: Love at the Cadogan Hall, London it looks set to become a firm fixture of the calendar for musical theatre fans.
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