West End Live London 2016
Now if you’re a particularly dedicated musical theatre fan you may have, like myself, ventured to London’s Trafalgar Square for the Annual event West End Live a few weeks back. Celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary, West End Live, had a great line up for the weekend of the 18th/19th June. Unfortunately I was only able to attend the Saturday, but I have heard that the Sunday brought just as much talent and fun as the first day. The set list consisted of huge West End musicals such as Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Les Miserable. The full line up for West End Live is listed below:
I was lucky enough to watch all of the performances on Saturday, and I thought I would give a quick recap of the day for those of you who maybe weren’t able to make it, or maybe you did and just want to relive it like me! My favourites had to have been, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, Matilda, Jersey Boys, and although it’s not specifically a musical, STOMP. There were obviously so many amazing shows during the weekend, however these were my personal favourites on the day.
So the morning started off with a upbeat, and clean performance from the cast of Motown, which was a fantastic pick-me-up from the queuing we had just been doing. With all their well known songs, they had the audience up and singing along from the first bar. We then received a sneak preview of a couple songs from Crazy For You, I mean who doesn’t love a bit of Gershwin! And then came the one and only Wicked, do we really need to comment on it? It was of course as usual, jaw dropping, I was tempted to go out and buy tickets there and then! Sharing some of the shows beautiful beautiful duets, it was obviously going to go down a hit. Both Show Boat and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, gave great performances which the crowd loved. We then had a non-stop sass-tastic lineup from Kinky Boots, and all the way through to The Secret Garden. And just when we thought we’d seen all the child stars we could, along came the Sylvia Young Theatre School, with a hell of a lot of talent crammed into one set, they certainly brought their A-Game to the event. With a couple more acts, we could feel the excitement and anticipation growing for Stomp and the incredible show that is ‘In The Heights’. Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! We may have stood for roughly 8 hours, with some snacks and no toilet break, but ‘In The Heights’ was the perfect way to round off such a brilliant day.
I would recommend you see any number of these shows as they’re all absolutely fantastic, West End Live is a completely free event put on by Mastercard, so why not head over to London next year and see what the lineup is like!