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Best of the West End & Broadway

Date

31st May 2019

Society

Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society

Venue

Eastbourne College Theatre

Type of Production

Concert

Director

Keith Smith

Musical Director

Carl Greenwood

Choreographer

Teresa Smith

Report

Author: Brenda Gower

This was such an enjoyable evening, with songs and excerpts from many of the well known West End and Broadway shows and some that were not so familiar.  A very good selection.

Everyone appearing was in extremely good voice and the choreography was second to none, thanks to Principal Choreographer Teresa Smith and her team comprising Casey Dearing, Wayne Newton and Keith Smith.

Pippin, from which the opening and closing numbers were used, is definitely a show I hadn’t heard of but after doing a little research find that it was originally conceived as a student musical and uses a mysterious performance troupe to tell the story of Pippin, a young Prince from Medieval times on his search for meaning and significance. Interesting!  The numbers chosen, “Magic to Do” and “Morning Glow” were ideal as a good start and finish for the whole company.

This will have to be quite a short report as I couldn’t possibly mention all taking part (which I would very much like to do) but space just doesn’t permit.  Suffice it to say that a wealth of talent was displayed from both the Adult and Youth Groups, showing that the songs and dances had been well rehearsed and were being enjoyed by the Company.

The Wardrobe Ladies (Margaret Root, Val Dormady and Pam Khun) had been busy and everyone was dressed in excellent fashion for whatever part they were playng.

The recorded music worked well and didn’t overpower the singers as can sometimes happen.  As usual, so much work goes on backstage which we, the audience can’t see but which is so vital to any show.  The programme was well laid out and clear, and front of house, including refreshments, was well catered for in every respect.

Many thanks to all involved in providing your audiences with a lovely evening, particularly to Director Keith Smith and his team and Musical Director Carl Greenwood.