So if you looked at any of my social media feeds over this weekend – it seems to be all about one thing, and that was the 2 day WEST END LIVE spectacular! Now don’t get me wrong – I was one of those who sat at home yesterday watching videos that people recorded of my favourite shows.
But as Day 2 of WEST END LIVE dawned – the Trafalgar Square event may have been the talk of the STAGEY world. But there was a hidden gem also taking place that I guarantee would outshine even the brightest West End diamond.
Nadim Naaman – currently starring as Raoul in “The Phantom of the Opera” – launched his brand new album SIDES at a gig in the wonderful surroundings of the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square.
I can honestly say – hand on heart – Nadim is one of the most talented gents I have ever had the honour to meet, and this phenomenal talent was present in bucket loads at this gig.
Opening with new original track “Blinded by Fire” (Nadim’s own James Bond style song!), he sang his heart out! Full of passion, drive and energy – he commanded the stage and held the focus of the audience, who were totally with him as he took them on a journey through his inspirations, his dream roles and a set of enchanting original songs.
With support from a superb line up of guests, including Jeremy Secomb, Will Barratt and the stunning Celinde Schoenmaker, we as an audience also got to see how well Nadim interacts with colleagues on stage. Stand out duets included new original track “Falling” sung with the astoundingly stunning Laura Tebbutt, a hauntingly beautiful Titanic duet with Rob Houchen and a mind blowingly brilliant Phantom duet with Will Barratt – that reduced this Phan to tears of joy, it was so moving! Barratt also featured on the gigs spectacular finale number – 6 Michael Jackson songs straight after each other! Yes – you read that right and it was genius!!
I could list every song as a highlight for me – but I must mention “Blinded by Fire”, “Falling”, “Here I Am” (a song Nadim wrote for Jeremy Secomb), the moving Phantom duet and Nadim’s take on James Bay as standouts for me!
But it was another original track- “This’ll Be The Year” – that, for me, really summed the day up.
Having seen Nadim on numerous occasions since before his first album launch – it struck me today how far he has come. As he stood up there, I saw more confidence, power and conviction in him than I’ve ever seen in him before (and I’ve seen him perform quite a few times!) and his voice soared to new highs which was such a joy to witness. I can only hope SIDES brings him the recognition and success that a talent like his so deserves. Trust me – this is an album you don’t want to miss!
Everyone may think they saw the best of the best down in Trafalgar Square today – but I witnessed a true star shining brighter than he ever has before – and there was nowhere else I would have rather been 😊😊😊