And how are you getting on with your fellow new cast members, especially your new Javert – David Thaxton?
Why am I getting the feeling people LOVE this Thaxton guy?? Haha! I love him too. We’re having a great time together. And, I can honestly say the rest of the company is fantastic. The existing members were so incredibly welcoming and the newbies are all committedand excited to do great work onstage.
As much as I love going to the theatre as often as I possibly can, especially in the West End, I do have one rule that I always stick to.
For those who don’t know – I’m a school teacher by day, meaning that London day trips on a Sunday are pretty much impossible unless I want to be completely exhausted the next day. So, in order to keep to this rule, I have begrudgingly, had to miss some truly wonderful events
This rule was standing strong – that was until Nadim Naaman told me about a concert he was organising in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer.
Playing Our Part aimed to raise awareness of one of the less well known cancer types – a cause close to Nadim’s heart. Staged in the stunning Cadogan Hall – the concert brought together some of the finest talent from across the West End to perform an array of enchanting and uplifting songs, accompanied by maestro Alex Parker and a fantastic 23 piece orchestra.
And what a set-list it was! There truly was something for everybody. From Jason Robert Brown to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Coldplayto Disney – each one of the beautiful performances was almost like the pieces of a rather phenomenal jigsaw all fitting together at once. I can honestly say, and I’m sure the audience would agree with me, that the concert was just sheer perfection.
I can honestly say – hand on heart – that I was totally blown awayby his performance. I mean, I knew he would be good but he blew away any expectations I had! In his two performances – singing “The Prayer” with stunning Phantom co-star Olivia Brereton, and in a solo rendition of Jason Robert Brown’s “Someone to Fall Back On“, he completely captivated the entire audience, transporting each and every single one of them on the most enchanting rollercoaster ride. It was a performance of a truly phenomenal talent – and it just makes me even more jealous of anyone who has been lucky enough to see him as “The Phantom” over at Her Majesty’s Theatre – what an absolute tour de forcethat must be to see live and in person.
I must also give a special mention to a number of performers in particular. One of the things I just adored about Playing Our Part was the opportunity it presented me to see so much talent that I had never actually been witness to before. Christopher Howell, formerly of “Stephen Ward” and “Wicked”, brought the house down with his charismatic rendition of “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me” from Aladdin, while Tim Morgan(currently on stage at “Phantom of the Opera”) moved many audience members to tears with his emotional performance of “Lily’s Eyes” from The Secret Garden, alongside Nadim Naaman. I was also blown away by the immense talents of Shona White and Gillian Budd, particularly in their beautiful version of “For Good” from Wicked.
But out of all of these phenomenal talents, I must single out the divine Siubhan Harrison. I had only previously heard Siubhan sing through her contribution to Nadim’s solo album, and also knew of her involvement in From Here to Eternity. However, when she stepped up to the microphone to perform “No One But You” from We Will Rock You, I was absolutely speechless. Never have I heard that legendary song performed with such beauty and grace as I did that evening – and believe me, I have seen We Will Rock You on more than one occasion! Siubhan is a phenomenal talent and I can only pray that it isn’t long before we see this amazing lady back on the West End stage where she so rightfully belongs.
“Playing Our Part” was truly the most awe-inspiring evening that I was very privileged to witness in person. Believe me, it takes something truly special to get me to London on a Sunday evening knowing I am at work early the next day – but I was so thrilled that I broke this rule! Never have I been so humbled by such a brilliant evening.
Finally though, I must pay a special tribute to concert organiser and show producer Nadim Naaman. I consider itself an absolute honour that I have been able to support Nadim – through interviews, reviews and features – since I have run this Blog and I can say from meeting him now on numerous occasions that he truly is one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met. However, “Playing Our Part” just took my level of respect and admiration for him to a whole new level – a truly inspirational man whose love, care and support for others knows no bounds. It was a true honour to support him in the lead up to this concert – and I can only hope that I am blessed enough to support Nadim – and his new adventures – in future.
Thanks to the awesome Virtuoso Imaging for all of the fantastic pictures too!
Blue Eyed Girl Xxx
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ROCK OF AGES is touring the UK throughout 2014 – check http://www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk/for further details.
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