Broadway in Concert came to London for one night only bringing a night of unashamed showbiz glitz and glamour. The Novello Orchestra, led by David Mahoney, are a ‘concert orchestra’ combining sleek, sharp, sexy shimmering strings with the razzmatazz of Big Band-like brass and a driving rhythm section. In the show the orchestra is as much the star of the show as the singer they perform with.
This two date tour (Wales Millennium Centre) and the London Palladium featured one of the biggest line-ups of soloists they’ve ever assembled. Ben Forster, Sophie Evans, Matt Cardle, Lee Mead & Kerry Ellis all took to the stage performing some of their best known songs from the shows they’ve starred in along with some of their favourites.
The concert featured 17 hits from the stars along with solo pieces by the orchestra. It’s easier to go through each artist and what they sung than in chronological order!
Sophie Evans – The Welsh 23-yr old is best known for her appearance in The Wizard Of Oz and taking part in the BBC’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ show so it’s no surprise that she performed the title song from The Wizard of Oz. She opened the whole concert with a rendition of ‘Good Morning Baltimore‘ from Hairspray. In the second half we were treated to ‘On My Own‘ from Les Miserables and a duet of ‘The Last Night Of The World‘ from Miss Saigon with Lee Mead. My personal favourite of hers was a great rendition of ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade‘ from Funny Girl which she didn’t hold back on!
Ben Forster – Currently playing the Phantom in the west end production obviously gave us his version of ‘Music of the Night‘. He also went back to where he started with Jesus Christ Superstar performing both the title track and showing he still has the range to hit ‘Gethsemane’ with force! We were also treated to a duet with Kerry Ellis covering ‘Come What May’ from Moulin Rouge.
Lee Mead – Best known for winning BBC’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’ so had to perform the title song although he did comment how that song is going to follow him to his grave! The audience still loved it though with them being encouraged to sing along in place of the choir. Lee also performed ‘Being Alive‘ from Company and ‘Hushabye Mountain‘ after his recent role in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang along with reprising his role of Chris from Miss Saigon for his duet with Sophie.
Matt Cardle – 2010 X-Factor winner has recently been in the west end version of Memphis and gave a great performance of ‘Memphis Lives In Me‘ and ‘Who Wants To Live Forever‘ from We Will Rock You in the first act. In the second half he performed ‘Bring Him Home‘ from Les Mis as a solo with just piano accompaniment!
Kerry Ellis – Queen of the West End did not less us down! Act 1 alone featured ‘Only The Good Die Young‘ from We Will Rock you (one of her first parts) and the first female solo version of ‘Anthem‘ from Chess that I’ve heard – both powerhouse songs performed superbly! Act two featured the duet of ‘Come What May‘ with Ben before ending the show with her concert performance of ‘Defying Gravity‘ which deservedly gained the biggest reception of the night.
The encore saw all 5 starts joining together in a version of ‘Ease On Down The Road‘ from The Wiz including a verse from our conductor David Mahoney. A brilliant night showcasing some truly amazing talent both vocally and in the orchestra. If you imagine what you’d want this concert to be given the line-up it didn’t disappoint!