Thursday, 14 September 2017

Footloose returns to the Westend

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you've all had a great week

So this week my favourite theatre show made a return to the WestEnd and of course I popped along to watch it.

I've seen the show many times both on tour and also on both its runs in the WestEnd but I've waited a long time for it to make a return for a stay in London.

This was my first visit to the Peacock Theatre and it was lovely, all the staff were great and the theatre itself I really felt suited the show. The theatre is a short walk from Holborn and also Charing Cross stations.
Bit of Footloose history Its first WestEnd run was just around the corner where Mamma Mia is now at the Novello Theatre.


The show was 5star from start to finish the whole cast on this tour are all incredible - playing instruments, singing, dancing, acting also in some cases even roller skating whilst doing the above I literally take my hat off to all of them for an incredible show. The energy from the show I saw on my visit to Wimbledon earlier this year is still there but there is something special having it back in London.

I really hope this can be a longer stint as its long over due a run back in London especially with this amazing cast.

The show is running till 30th Sept so make sure you grab a ticket and check it out - I know i'll be back in before it finishes




Have a great rest of the week 

Love Holly 
x

This blog is also featuring on my blog on www.hollyb83.com

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

DreamGirls London

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you are all well and managed to escape the rain which just didn't let up today in the UK

So tonight I finally got the chance to see Dreamgirls. I know it's been a long time coming but was totally worth the wait. 

After having a look on some last minute deals that popped on my email I found a great seat on a deal on Amazon Tickets. I couldn't fault the view it said slightly restricted but it barely was. 

I've had this show on my list for a while and after seeing the incredible cast at this years West End Live knew it was on my radar to visit this summer.

After literally swimming to the theatre after picking up some food nearby I arrived to find a steady queue for the box office. If you haven't been to The Savoy theatre they've got some building works going on so there isn't much space to enter if you are picking up tickets or need to buy from the box office especially if its near show time. The theatre is a short walk from both Charing Cross and Covent Garden stations.

I can't fault the staff for how quick and professionally they got the queue in and sorted especially during the down pour that still hadn't given up outside.

There are various merchandise points round the theatre and a bonus i noticed a cloakroom which was great to see especially if you've been shopping or wanted to offload any wet coats if you'd been out in town today.

Its been a few years since my last visit to The Savoy Theatre but it was lovely to see all the art deco theme that runs in the theatre. I've seen a few shows here now and have always loved it.

On to the show

From the start of the show the atmosphere in the audience was brilliant. Everyone was singing along and having a great time. 
I loved the set changes to give you the idea you were watching from the stage or watching behind the scenes. Very simple but very clever. 

I am literally in complete awe for the whole casts vocals tonight but I have to give credit to Marisha Wallace for completely bringing down the house with her vocals on "And I am Telling You" Its great to see a standing ovation in the first half and for the power that went into that performance it was totally deserved.

If you are in town over the holidays I have to add this to my list of show recommendations to see. 

Hope you all have a great rest of the week

Love Holly 

x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Westend Live 2017

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you've all had a great week. 
Its that time of year when its time to head for a theatre themed day out in Trafalgar Square in London and WestEnd Live. 
Each year the show gets more popular and this years queues were no different. Each year all the show in town get together and put on free performances for everyone. 
Its also become and annual thing of what do you bring with you Sunglasses or a rain jacket. After the heat of this year you would expect just sunglasses but the rain did make a show for us today which luckily wasn't too bad and didn't spoil any fun.

The square as always was packed out and an incredible atmosphere. Some of my favourite performances today included Aladdin, Wicked, 42nd Street, Mamma Mia and Thriller. 




Heres some of my favourite photos from todays outing

Love Holly 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Flashdance UK Tour 17/18

Flashdance UK Tour 2017/18

Starring Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams

Returning to the UK since in Westend run back in 2011 the tour will be heading to all different venues around the country,

Starring Joanne Clifton (BBCs Strictly Come Dancing and Thoroughly Modern Millie) and hit singer and Song Writer Ben Adams from boyband a1 the show promises to be a good one.

Joanne returns to the stage after a successful time on Strictly and in other shows. She now takes on the role of Alex Owens in the new tour.

Joining her is Ben Adams who takes on the role of Nick Hurley. Ben has an incredible set of credits to his name including being part of hit boy band a1, writing and producing and most recently heading straight to the top of the album charts with his classical album One Beautiful Mourning. His first solo album will be launched early 2018.

Flashdance follows the story of Alex who is a welder by day and a Flashdancer by night. She dreams of attending the Shipley Dance academy and becoming a professional dancer.
When romance complicates her goals, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

Alongside hits such as Shes a Maniac and the hit tune What a Feeling this a show not to be missed.


For more details check out www.flashdanceuktour.co.uk

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Footloose Tour 2017

Hey Guys, 

Hope you are all good. 
So last night I went off to Richmond to see the first night of the Richmond leg of the Footloose tour. For those who don't know its my favourite show and I'll happily take any chance I can to see the show.

Lets start off with the Richmond theatre, this was my second visit here to see a show after the Saturday night fever tour a few years ago. The theatre itself is stunning, the bar areas are lovely to visit and when your an avid theatre goer like myself to have ample leg room between the seats when you are tall is always a great bonus. I have to make a mention that every member of staff I spoke to last night was lovely and a joy to talk to when sorting things out for us.

The show itself was great, there had been a few changes made since the tour last year. All I think worked really well. This years cast are also all amazing and from the vocals, the instrument playing to the dancing it was a show full of amazing energy from start to finish. 

I have to give complete credit to the whole cast for being able to play the instruments, sing and also in some cases roller skate as well. I can barely stay up on skates.

The costumes all fitted perfectly and were all perfectly 80's.
I've always loved the encore after the show and this always leaves you dancing away at the end of the show.
With a classic sound track including Lets hear it for the Boy, Holding out for a hero and of course Footloose you will always have a great reason to sing and dance along.

The show sticks very close to the film and the references are there with a lot of nostalgia although I would somehow like to see the yellow beetle make an appearance some day and like to see the Dance Your ass off top come back but everything just works so well how its done now.

Like I mentioned in my blog from last nights show on my own blog Hollyb83.com to see some of my own thoughts from last night. 
I do get asked if I've seen the show before and always make people laugh when my answer is on which run.

One day I'd love to make my Footloose wish come true for this show and have a look at the set and see how its all put together but for now you'll catch me on some more of the dates coming up later in the year. 

Have an amazing time if you see the show
Do let me know if you've seen it and your thoughts in the comments section 

Have a great rest of the week

Love Holly 
x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Golden Days - the long awaited second album from Kerry Ellis and Brian May

Hey Everyone, 

It's time for the long awaited release of the second studio album from Kerry Ellis and Brian May. It follows on from the 2010 release of ' Anthems ' and this new release features 13 songs 5 of which are brand new and I can safely say are all amazing to listen to. 

I've been a big fan of Kerry for many years and have been really looking forward to the release of this album I am also hoping a tour follows as it will be really good to hear this all live. 

Here is the track listing for the album which is only a few days away for release.

Brian May + Kerry Ellis – GOLDEN DAYS
(Sony Music Entertainment, 7 April 2017)

1. Love In A Rainbow (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)
2. Roll With You (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)
3. Golden Days (Brian May)
4. It's Gonna Be All Right (The Panic Attack Song) (Brian May)
5. Amazing Grace (John Newton, Trad. Arr, Brian May)
6. One Voice (Ruth Moody)
7. If I Loved You (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
8. Born Free (John Barry, Don Black)
9. Parisienne Walkways (Phil Lynott, Gary Moore)
10. I Who Have Nothing (Carlo Donida, Mogol, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
11. The Kissing Me Song (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)
12. Story Of A Heart (Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson)
13. Can't Help Falling In Love (Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George, David Weiss)  

After having a listen to the tracks my top 3 so far are 

Love In a Rainbow, Born Free and Can't Help Falling in Love. Whilst all the songs have been on repeat these ones have really stuck out for me. 

You can see the magic of their working partnership in this new music and I look forward to many more to come. 

Let me know what you think when you've had a listen 

Have a great rest of the week 

Love Holly 
x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

42nd Street

Friday 24th March
Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Hey Guys,
Welcome to my review on 42nd Street, I have to say since I knew I was going to the show for a family night out I've been very excited after hearing amazing things on how good this show is and trust me nothing disappointed.

Now I love dance and choreography and managed to resist watching more on You Tube but knew the dancing in the show was something that just had to be seen.

The show had only been open a few days but the energy from the opening number and the cheer that followed had me captured. As the show continued each number had exceptional choreography and all the dancers of the incredible cast were amazing.

The costumes in each part of the show were incredible. The design work that has gone into the costumes I think made the dance scenes that more special.

I had many favourite parts of the show so choosing my favourite is actually hard.
I think my top two would be the choreography when the mirror raises above the dances and the finale.
The energy every single member of the cast had was outstanding for this.

I think by the time the first half had finished I wanted to rate the show 5 stars. It's not often I've decided I want to book again by the interval but I could happily watch this and it's totally makes you want to take up tap dancing.

Having spoken to a great member of staff on my way out of the show I am actually in awe of how good everyone was with 4 weeks of dance rehearsals. You really have to see it to believe how good everyone is.

It was really nice to be back in this theatre.  This has always been one of my favourite to come to and I think after doing the tour earlier in the year of behind the scenes it was great to see a new show here.

If you are a theatre merchandise collector like me I was really impressed with the selection they had on offer so early in the run.

I will definitely be looking into a return visit as soon as possible and put 42nd Street on the top of my recommendations list for West End Shows for 2017 at the moment.

Let me know your thoughts when you've been

Have a good rest of the week

Love Holly
X

This review is also running on HolB83 Adventures http://holb83adventures.blogspot.co.uk/