Curtain Up

Date 25th April 2013
Society Wigan Musical Theatre Group
Type of Production Musical Compilation
Director John Clinton
Musical Director Joan Bond
Choreographer Jane Quinlan


Author: Colin Magenty

After a slow start to Act One   the concert broke into life with the full company’s rendition of “ONE” from “ A Chorus Line “ just a glimpse of  the treat to come, The performance of the night came from Alexandra Keogh whose voice and attack was wonderful in the Trolley Song, following this came Gotta Getta Gimmick with an excellent  performance by Christine Armstrong and Clive Green with Clare Hodkinson making up the trio. We then had the pleasure of hearing from Mr John Connell the M.C. for the evening, It was good to see him on stage again with his own brand of gentle humour.

The next section gave us songs from Hollywood; A very nice Moon River from Susan Binns and the Company and a show stopping performance of Good Morning from Singing in the Rain from again Alexandra Keogh with a talented young man David Barron wonderful number .

I enjoyed Maria Rignall ‘s Hello Young Lovers from The King and I which was followed by a creditable There is nothing like a dame  from the Gentlemen of the chorus. The Ladies then Washed that man right of out  again out of South Pacific, Ken Rees and Clare Hodkinson then sang Something Good from The Sound of Music and the half came to an end with a selection from Sister Act lead by Karl Heaver with a superb solo in I Will Follow Him by Alexandra Keogh.

The Second Act consisted of twenty numbers, for me the highlights began with a super rendition of Wilkommen by Mr Clive Green followed by the title number from the show Cabaret sung by the lovely Sandy Armstrong, the final number from the show was sung by Clare Hodkinson the stirring “maybe this time”

Jekyll and Hyde then took over, Karl Heaver sang “this is the moment “, this was then followed by two duets first Christine Armstrong and Maria Rignall with” Someone like you” then Sandy Armstrong and Alexandra Keogh sang the touching ”In His eyes”   A full company sang side by side by side then followed numbers from Sondheim shows the most enjoyable for me  was the quartet of Ken Rees, Clive Green, Lee Sillery and Kris Sillery singing “Everybody Ought to have a Maid .”

Meghan Pollock gave a sweet interpretation of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” Then the finale was devoted to Abba songs which in the main involved the full company and with the last number the group took the words out of my mouth with THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC !!!