A Night at the Musicals

Date 25th June 2016
Society Hereford Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Tomkins Theatre
Type of Production Concert
Director Richard Davies
Musical Director Jenni Axtell

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Author: Louise Hickey MBE

This year’s ‘memory Lane’ concert was jam packed with fantastic songs and comedy sketches that absolutely thrilled the audience.

The youth members participated in the first half of the programme and they were wonderful. The young lady who sang the solo lines in ‘Be our Guest’ set the tone for the rest of the evening. The younger members were disciplined and looked as if they loved every moment of it. Their smiles were infectious. A couple of the smaller and younger members were a delight to watch and I am afraid I couldn’t take my eyes off them.

The two Sarah’s gave a wonderful rendition of ‘The Letter’ from Billy Elliot and then Sarah P followed this with ‘My House’ from Matilda, which was lovely.

Vicki and David did a sterling job remaining straight faced whilst Betty re-enacted the waitress in one of the Victoria Wood tribute sketches. Betty was great and the audience was in stitches.

Richard and ensemble sang one of my favourite, Bui Doi from Miss Saigon, beautifully. Richard – wow!! The roller coaster continued as we lurched from this poignant and powerful song to Emma making us laugh again with a great version of ‘Nothing’ from A Chorus Line and then back to Sarah R and Bex pulling at the heartstrings with ‘My child’ from Blood Brothers; harmonies were fabulous girls.

The second half programme was a wonderful showcase for the talented ensemble that does harmonies so well. The choice of songs was superb and it was really hard not to sing along… We were treated to another sketch and Clare, Nicky and Bex did justice to Victoria Woods ‘shoe shop’.

Lewis sang ‘fallen Angel’ from Jersey Boys really well and Steve and ensemble made us laugh again with a great version of ‘We both reached for the Gun’ from Chicago.

The surprise of the evening was the finale song which was brilliantly done. The full version of Victoria Woods ‘Let’s do it’ went down a storm.

However, for me, the show stopper was the a cappella version of ‘I dreamed a dream’ from Les Miserables.  It was truly wonderful and perfectly balanced and I absolutely loved it.

Thank you HMTC for another great performance, and for those I have not mentioned please be assured that I loved you all too, I have just run out of superlatives.