"...every company member demonstrated a high level of talent and stage presence, stunning vocals and technical ability."
There is nothing more warming to the heart than being able to lose yourself in an evening of musical theatre bliss and the Guild Music Theatre’s Group’s recent production of Magic of the Musicals was indeed just that.
Following their recent production Legally Blonde, which, incidentally, was an absolute joy to watch, members of the group presented this one-night performance which featured many well-loved musical favourites including songs from classic shows such as Oklahoma to some from more recent West End productions such as the ground-breaking smash Hamilton.
The evening was opened by the delightfully entertaining compere Alastair Winning, who comically introduced us to a friend who was ‘just passing by’ and invited her to co-host the show. The addition of ‘Tash Llewellyn was an absolute highlight of the night. Llewellyn, clearly born to be on the stage, entertained us with comedy acts and singing and she had all the moves – what we might refer to in the business a ‘a true triple threat’!
Together, Alastair and Llewellyn carried the show along, introducing the acts and maintaining the pace and humour.
As you can imagine, there are far too many numbers to mention but I felt that each individual performance was excellent with every company member demonstrating a high level of talent and stage presence, stunning vocals and technical ability.
Highlights of the evening included performances from the incomparable Helen Parsons (who really had the audience in stitches) with a delivery of Adelaide’s Lament, Windy City and the hilarious Anything You Can Do which really showcased her ability.
We were witness to some beautiful harmonies particularly in the popular duet Can You Feel the Love Tonight, performed by Lizzy Ives and Thomas Kershaw-Green.
A lovely section of the evening was the company’s rendition of the Hamilton medley and the finale One, from A Chorus Line. The show was complimented by simple and understated choreography, directed by Cam Wilson.
I must also congratulate MD Zoe Farrow who conducted her orchestra beautifully.
This very talented group is certainly one to watch out in the future, possibly one of the most talented I have witnessed, and I certainly look forward to watching their forthcoming productions.
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