2014 has been quite a year for me in the Theatre World. A year of first time visits new productions and theatre overseas – how do I even try to summarise what my highlights of the year have been?
Well, here goes! As I couldn’t narrow them down, may I present to you, my lovely readers – in no particular order – my 2014 Theatre Year highlights . . .
1) Seeing Porgy and Bess at Regents Park Open Air Theatre.
2) Taking my 10 year old sister to see her first West End show – Phantom of the Opera.
3) Meeting the brilliant Gavin Creel at Singular Sensations, holding an actual Olivier Award – and having quite possibly the BEST post show photo ever!
4) Discovering a renewed love for JERSEY BOYS, including seeing original Frankie John Lloyd Young perform the role live, and seeing the show in Las Vegas.
5) Les Mis vs Phantom is always such a brilliant day! My second visit to the annual event, played this year in the memory of the beautiful Melanie Oakley Dow, included a Team Phantom win, and a hauntingly beautiful performance of “Bring Him Home” by the Four Valjeans in her memory – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F63ilGRpVko&list=UUkMYAxrbhrQWcyjRuLxVyFw
6) Meeting the legendary Douglas Hodge after his phenomenal performance as Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
7) My first ever visit to the Donmar Warehouse to see Tom Hiddlestone and Hadley Fraser in “Coriolanus.” (As an English teacher by day – this moment particularly blew my mind!)
8) ONCE is always a highlight for me – it was so sad to see the phenomenal original cast leave, but the new casts, including Guys Arthur Darvill and David Hunter kept the standard so high!
10) Seeing WEST SIDE STORY for the first time ever, as it toured the UK.
11) I know it wasn’t a highlight for many – but I loved I CAN’T SING and truly feel, even now, that it wasn’t given the chance it deserved. The most bonkers 2 hours I have ever spent in a theatre – but my days – it was hilarious!
12) Seeing URINETOWN (and absolutely loving it!) at the wonderful St James Theatre and at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.
13) My first ever ballet – Matthew Bourne’s LORD OF THE FLIES.
14) The utterly brilliant IN THE HEIGHTS at Southwark Playhouse – really hoping there is a future life for this wonderful show in 2015.
15) My first ever visit to Trafalgar Studios 2 to see the enchanting DESSA ROSE.
16) The ROCK OF AGES UK Tour – God, I miss this show!
17) Meeting Beverley Knight after witnessing her final show at THE BODYGUARD, and having this picture as one hell of a memory 🙂
18) Shakespeare in Love being as utterly mesmerising as I hoped it would be.
19) Seeing Kerry Ellis as ELPHABA in WICKED and finally understanding all the hype.
20) The Menier Chocolate Factory does it again! Forbidden Broadway was just amazing! (And theatre trips with my best mate Emily (left) are always amazing!)
21) Seeing LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS for the first time ever at the stunning Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, thanks to another one of my amazing best friends Selena.
22) MEMPHIS totally blowing my mind with its utter awesomeness and sheer brilliance.
23) Last, but not least – seeing the sensational CITY OF ANGELS at the Donmar Warehouse.
There were so many more shows/events/performers that I could have chosen – it has been that sensational of a year! What were your highlights? I would love to hear! Why not leave a comment? Or head over to my Facebook page and tell me there – it would be lovely to see you there 🙂
May I take this chance to wish you a very Happy New Year and wish you all so much joy, love and blessings for 2015.
Signing off – until next year!
Blue Eyed Girl Xxx