Now I may not have made the trip to see Heathers at The Other Palace just yet (give me a few more weeks, and then I’ll have the review ready for you), but I got swept up in the hype surrounding the show on Friday when I went to see Serenade London: For The Love Of Girls, and it was worth giving myself a little bit of a late night before West End LIVE.
Concerts & Events
Potentially the biggest date in the theatre calendar for up and coming West End performers and writers, the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year (or SSSSPOTY if you’re searching for it on twitter) and Stiles+Drewe Prize (in association with the Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments) descended on the Savoy Theatre for an afternoon of songs from 12 of the top theatre school members in the UK. Ranging from Arts Ed, GSA, The Hammond, RADA, Mountview, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Royal Academy of Music.
I don’t need to tell you that I love the theatre, but until recently I’ve only gone to shows. But I was having a conversation with Aeron recently, and we realised that what the West End is missing is the real feel of community and fandom that Broadway has. They’ve got Broadway Con, Schmackery’s, Broadway Flea Market and their shows are always featured on television shows throughout the day. But the West End is slowly getting there, with the likes of The Theatre Cafe, West End Live and the concert series that are popping up all over the place. Seriously, I think most Sundays this month there has been something for theatre lovers to attend. And one of those concerts was West End Live Lounge.
It was a last minute decision to go to West End Does The Magic Of Animation at Cadagon Hall last Sunday, but since it was announced I’d been interested. Celebrating the music of Disney and other animated favourites, nine West End stars gathered to sing the hits from classic films such as The Little Mermaid and Hercules, and more recent favourites including Frozen and Moana.
I’ve been through stages of my life where I’ve been obsessed with theatre. The first wave came when I was 14, and I’m in a big place with it right now. But there was another phase when I was just finishing my A Levels. We’re talking circa 2013, and that’s when I really listened to the genius of Jason Robert Brown for the first time.