Saturday, 27 December 2008
Friday, 26 December 2008
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
Jason Donovan, St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
An enjoyable evening was had at St David’s Hall on Monday when Jason Donovan brought his tour to Cardiff.
The evening started off with singer/songwriter Hannah singing some great songs from her new album “Everything is Changing”.
After the interval, excitement filled the air as Jason Donovan took to the stage. He began with the classic songs Let It Be Me and Love Letters from his new album (the first in 15 years) “Let It Be Me”. Other highlights from this album included Dream Lover and his current single Dreamboats & Petticoats.
The next section was probably my favourite of the night where he played 2 new songs that he had written this year but were not on an album yet, the first was one his dad loved called Home and the second (I missed the title) was dedicated to his children.
The build up to the finale included favourites like Rhythm of the Rain, Sealed with a Kiss and Especially for you with the concert finishing with Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and The Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat and his first solo Number 1 hit Too Many Broken Hearts.
I must also mention the beautiful set with drapes and a chandelier making the venue feel like a luxurious ballroom.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
West Side Story by WAWWA The Musical Youth at the Dolman Theatre, Newport
Based on the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story transforms the play to a musical set in 1950s New York. The story surrounds two rival gangs (the Jets and the Sharks) getting ready for a fight, when one of the Jets leaders falls in love with the sister of the rival gangs leader.
The cast was full of strong performers who were at their best when they were singing but there were parts of the shows opening night that felt under rehearsed especially the dance routines at the beginning of the show. It often felt as if the stage was too small to encompass the whole cast and that a bigger venue would have helped the performance.
The stand out moment of the show was when the whole company was on stage singing the song Tonight, it really did make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. A bit of light relief comes in the song Gee, Officer Krupke where the Jets are mocking Officer Krubke after escaping from him.
The shows finale is a bit of an anti climax, (count the bodies!), but thankfully the closing scene is rescued by excellent performances from the supporting cast and Nadia Murphy who played Maria.