Welcome to the West End is a concert of the West End's most famous musical hits performed by members of Brit Theatre. Walking into the theatre I saw a massive and detailed set which looked like a very posh bar with wide range of (real) beverages on the walls, sofas and even a grand piano. It made me think that it was so glamorous to create a link to how glamorous West End is.
Company of Welcome to the West End
The company is too large so I won't mention every performer however I will mention few highlights of the show.
The show opened with Dale Martin singing "One night only" from Dreamgirls. Martin's voice is unbelievable. He has a very mesmerising tone of voice when singing and shows off with very impressive riffs. His performance of "You'll be back" had the audience in laughter throughout it and Martin honestly will go very far in the musical theatre industry very soon.
Second highlight of the show was the song "We both reached for the gun" from Chicago performed fantastically by Billy Barlow. Barlow has an amazing voice and comic timing.
Third highlights of the show were "This is the moment" from Jekyll and Hyde Musical and "I believe" from the Book of Mormon performed beautifully by Ethan Seal. Seal is another performer with a mesmerising tone of voice and once again is a great example of someone who will make it very far in the musical theatre industry soon.
Fourth highlight of the show was a song from Matilda the Musical; "When I grow up". The song was led by Adam Conway who has an incredible voice. I was sat next to his proud mum and during the interval she has told me how he was previously told that he cannot sing by others. I was shocked... this young lad has one of the best voices I have heard and considering how young he is, with further training Adam will definitely make it very very far. Not only has he got the voice, he has brilliant confidence and acting skills. Well done mate!
I must also mention Amy Pearson who didn't have a big part in the production at all but was still a joy to watch and her smile was the cutest thing ever. The last mention must go to Isabelle Broadbent who was a dancer in this show. Isabelle has a great stage appearance and is extremly talented. Her tap duet with Ethan was lovely and she is simply spectacular when she's dancing.
I have noticed that some numbers were out of time however I don't know whether it was because there was no Musical director to conduct them or there was one, but the performers didn't pay attention to them. During people's solos, others in the background acted as the crowd in the bar however at times they were really stealing focus from the performers when for example walking from their chair to the bar and back. Small movement was okay however moving from place to place distracted us as the audience. I have also notice that most performers were moving without purpose when performing their solos or literally walking around the stage. Another thing I have noticed is that not everyone knew their lyrics and choreography however this might be due to the lack of rehearsal time. There were also few performers that didn't put any emotions into their songs or dancers whose faces were switched off as they were focusing on the choreography more. These things that I've listed are minor things and can be fixed very quickly. My last point if I'm being picky is that the song choices weren't thought through enough as for example Jekyll and Hyde never made it onto the West End but was still in the show about West End.
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Overall, the show was very good however it can be even better with more work on it and I am sure that Brit Theatre's productions will get better and better every time. I am very looking forward to their next production!!