An unforgettable night at Momentous Musicals
On Thursday 19th July I saw Momentous Musicals at the New Wimbledon Theatre. It was a celebration of songs from West End MusicalS, and it was led by Gareth Gates with full supporting cast. Read on to find out more.
An unforgettable night at Momentous Musicals
Last Thursday 19th July 2012 I spent an unforgettable evening at the New Wimbledon Theatre reliving many beautiful songs from West End Musicals. These songs make such an impact at the time, they are remembered for ever, and become timeless classics.
There was a very strong cast led by Gareth Gates. He was supported by Jonathon Ansell from the former group G4, who made themselves a name on X Factor, but have now disbanded to pursue other ventures. Jonathon recently auditioned for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Superstar, but was unsuccessful in getting through to the final.
Daniel Boys was also supporting him, and he has many theatre credits to his name, as did Rachael Wooding and Emma Williams, the ladies who were also part of the supporting cast.
At the beginning
Rachel positively burst onto the scene with the first number One night Only from Dreamboats. As well as having a very good voice, she entertained us with her enthusiastic dancing, complete with ensemble, which really got the show off to a great start.
It was a show you could not get bored at, there were no delays between songs, and no announcing or introductions between the songs. I can see that they wanted to waste no time in bringing us high class quality singing and dancing, but as far as I was concerned, and this is my only complaint, I would have preferred it to go on a little longer, and at the very least, to have someone introduce the first act.
I think all of the supporting cast acquitted themselves very well, I have to confess I was there for Gareth, and at previous gigs and concerts , I have sat through other acts that I would rather not have seen, but this was not so in this case, they all did admirably well.
The men provided the drool factor for the females in the audience, and the two ladies, and their amazing dancers provided the glamour, and it was all very enjoyable.
Their best songs
I very much enjoyed Jonathon's version of Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love, And Daniel's Maria from West Side Story was emotional and powerful, and really told the story.
Rachael gave a very moving performance of For Good from Wicked, when she duetted with Gareth. Their voices complemented each other so well. I think Emma's version of Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was her best song of the night, she sang it very well.
As for Gareth
I have watched Gareth blossom from a 17 year old Pop Idol into the polished singer that he is now 11 years later. He has a wealth of experience from singing in live band gigs, to performing on the West End stage, and it shows.
When he came out and performed Close Every door from Joseph, not only has his voice developed so much power, but he really knows how to tell the story. Unchained Melody was his first number one single when he was still 17, I wasn't expecting him to sing it, but when he did, there was such a hush in the audience, and after all these years, he could still make it his own and mesmerise the audience.
Gareth's voice has undoubtedly matured with age and experience, but it still retains the purity and simplicity that attracted his fans at the very start of his career. He has lost that teenage awkwardness, and now performs with great confidence, , it's all about the voice, he doesn't need backing dancers, and he is a real class act.
Could it get any better, well for me it did, with Gareth's version of Why God Why from Miss Saigon. This is one of my favourite songs, and he puts such emotion into it, I had a tear in my eye, and it for me it was the song of the night.
The whole show was very sophisticated, and credit must go to the producer Neil Eckersley for such an unforgettable production. Also a big thank you to Gareth and the cast for the dedication and enthusiasm they put into giving us first class entertainment, a real class act.
I read a review afterwards that said it may tour in the future. I think if it does, they need more songs, and it should be longer, because after all, you can never have too much of a good thing!
WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED.
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