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LES MUSICALES

Date

3rd May 2019

Society

Haworth-West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society

Venue

Haworth West Lane Baptist Church

Type of Production

Concert

Director

Christine Ingham

Musical Director

David Root Conducter - Karen Ballantine

Report

Author: Sally Holmes

After last year’s “The Sound of Musicals” it was another trip down “Musical Theatre” lane for this society as we were treated to a lovely evening’s entertainment of “Les Musicales”.

As tradition dictates we were off to a great start with Ron McGill, Tim Bastow and Peter Robinson preparing us for the evening’s events, until they were disturbed by the lovely Glynis Carradice, giving us her charming rendition of “Nobody loves a fairy...” – which was a very clever advert for their forthcoming production of “Iolanthe” in November!

The first half included “Another Openin’, Another Show” from Kiss Me Kate which got us all off to a rousing start.  Swiftly following on was “Wonderful Copenhagen” from Hans Christian Andersen, and we were all invited to sing along with this.  It certainly got everyone involved, and into the spirit of things to come.  Charissa gave us a beautiful rendition of “Greenfinch and Linnet Bird” from Sweeney Todd, followed (in complete contrast) with a lovely selection from Guys & Dolls.  I particularly like the way that the soloists introduced their numbers and gave us a brief synopsis of the show as an introduction.  Well done Tim (and company) on a great performance of “Sit down you’re rockin’ the boat”.

Hamilton seems to be “the show” of the moment – so it was great to hear Helen’s fabulous performance of “Burn”. 

Act One ended with a selection from Hello Dolly – including a lovely solo of “Ribbons down my back” from Janine, and the title song “Hello Dolly” by Glynis and the men.  The final number “Before the parade passes by” showed this groups singing talents off to a tee!

Act Two opened with a lovely selection from Annie Get Your Gun – with a lovely solo from Jim singing “The girl that I marry”, quickly followed by a lovely trio of “Doin’ what comes naturally” performed by the two Christine’s and Karon.

Charissa, Gill & Helen brought us “You could drive a person crazy” from Company – which is a very complex trio.  Well done ladies – you delivered it expertly!

With numbers from Oliver and The Music Man we were encouraged to sing along with more rousing choruses in Act 2!  Alison gave us a lovely solo of “As long as he needs me”, which was beautifully supported by the ladies of the chorus – a very tenderly presented number.

James gave a great performance of his solo of Bohemian Rhapsody from “We will rock you” – no mean feat to deliver that song entirely alone – well done James, it was fabulous and the whole audience erupted in applause at the end.  Richly deserved!

The penultimate selection of the evening was from Anything Goes – with great chorus numbers as well as solos from David with the title song “Anything Goes” and a superb rendition of “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” from Helen.

Finishing off the evening was the lovely duet “I know him so well” from Chess, beautifully sung by Helen & Gill, and the finale ultimo was a fabulous performance of “Anthem” which really showed off the excellent harmonies that this group of people produce!

Once again, this production was such a beautiful selection of musical numbers to listen to.  Congratulations to Christine, David and Karen on bringing the whole thing together, and special mention to Pam for the arrangements of songs– I so look forward to next year’s Spring Concert!