I believe that this event was spectacular and the all-star line-up of performers certainly delivered. These performers included John Owen-Jones, Kerry Ellis, Ruthie Henshall, Sophie Evans and many more. They mainly performed the songs that they are known for, however, these performances were given special twists in some places. For example as Kerry Ellis is known for playing Elphaba in Wicked she sang Defying Gravity and Elphaba’s part in For Good, however the audience were also treated to her singing For Good alongside Ruthie Henshall who sang Glinda’s part.
The performances were outstanding and the star names fully lived up-to and exceeded their reputations. To see John Owen-Jones, Ruthie Henshall and Kerry Ellis perform the songs they are known for was brilliant, however, this performance also offered stars such as Sophie Evans, who came second in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV search for Dorothy, to show that they are just as good as these mega-stars and she also proved that she has made Over The Rainbow her own.
It was amazing to see how these stars can just fall straight into the emotion and talent needed to fully perform these songs as if they have just been performing the entire musical. For example, when John Owen-Jones sang The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera he immediately clicked into the correct emotion and voice needed and you felt as if he was performing Phantom of the Opera, rather than just singing one song.
I was also very impressed by the staging as it allowed the orchestra to be fully integrated into the performance and the stars were able to play off the comedic aspects with each other and the conductor, this helped to lighten the mood which made the experience even more uplifting and enjoyable.
In their speeches and level of talent, the audience could see that the stars had worked very hard to make this performance truly enjoyable and they pulled it off to an excellent standard, for example you could see the dedication of Kerry Ellis as she performed while heavily pregnant which included walking up and down stairs quickly and in very high heels.
The lighting was excellent and truly aided the performances. It aided the audience as the lighting helped to distinguish which musical the songs are originally from. I believe that the dancers were also a vital part to the show as they aided the inclusion of musicals where time was scarce, for example they performed a short ballet form of West Side Story.
Overall, I believe that this performance was truly excellent and a very fitting tribute to a wonderful venue. Each aspect worked together and the stars pulled off the great balance of the serious aspect and the humorous side which made the audience’s experience more enjoyable.