Monday, 11 October 2010
Gala Night Reviews
All that effort to get to Gala Night and Rachel wasn't even there. Needless to say I ripped up my ticket and walked out.......................after watching a truly remarkable show.
Of course I was disappointed when I realised Rachel was off ill but it didn't detract - much - from an amazing evenings entertainment. I mostly feel sorry for Rachel because I know how much she would have loved to be part of this event. Get well soon Rachel.
There were so many incredible performances I find it hard to remember them all, especially as my head is still vibrating after Bombay Dreams. I was sat very close to the main set of speakers on the side if the stage and the bass was so deep it seemed to shake the entire theatre. In fact my only grumble would be the sound. As Victoria commented in the post below, they did have issues with numerous microphones. Some didn't work at all and others seemed too low to properly hear the singing above the very loud music.
It was still a fantastic show and I'm so glad I made the effort to go because it was well worth it. I think my personal highlight would be Starlight Express but it's hard to single anyone out because they were all great.
As Rachel wasn't actually in the show after all and this is of course her fan blog, we don't really want lots of posts about the Gala. However, if anyone would like to share their Gala experience, write us a review or send us a picture, we'd be happy to add them to this post.
DAN'S GALA REVIEW
Just thought I'd do a brief-ish review of the Gala.
Managed to drive to London... which was an achievement in itself, seeing as I don't have Satnav and despite google instructions telling me the wrong road numbers(!!!) I managed to get there really easily and found a road to park in... legally.
On the way into the theatre I got a program and some raffle tickets and found my seat... which was further backthat I thought it would be... but still quite central. I started chatting to a young couple next me and actually had quite a giggle as the boyfriend didn't know anything about theatre or celebrities etc.
The sequence of songs was basically from the beginning of the theatre to the present in time order.
For the first act, it was mainly people from the wicked cast doing various songs and artists that have been performed over the years. Highlights were as follows.
Sarah Earnshaw, Nikki Davis-Jones & Ashley Grey singing 3 part harmony - wartime style.
Lee Mead doing a rolling stones medley and jumping about the stage wearing all black (of course singing Paint it black).
Louise Dearman singing Goldfinger - perfect Diva song for her.
Sharon D Clarke singing Mignight Train to Georgia
Oliver Thompsett singing ELO - AMAZINGLY - such a great vocalist.
There was a distinct lack of Tucker... which concerned me and as I was looking at the programme there was supposed to be a Barry White song 'You're the first, the last, my everything' - which we know is one of Rachel's favourites - so I was getting a little worried; as instead of the song they just mentioned Barry was there at some point then moved on.
Also there was Bucks Fizz who did a couple of songs very well... with 2 male dancers ripping their clothes off for 'making your mind up' - cue much screaming from the audience.
Alexia Khadime came on to sing Sway by Dean Martin - but her microphone didn't work... although... she wasnt holding a mic... and also I couldn't see a head mic either... maybe she just forgot haha. stage crew ran on with a mic though and she screeched out the rest of the song... more in the pussycat dolls style than Dean Martin.
The programme said that Patina Miller would be singing Think... but there was no sign of her, so Sandra D Clarke had another song to sing and did it very professionally, considering she wouldnt have had much time to rehearse.
In the break I was shocked to discover that Daniel Boys was sitting literally 2 rows in front of me!
We did some more celebrity spotting and saw the following:
2 Blonde ones from Scooch
Ricky Whittle & Carly Stenson
The 2 Beale brats from Eastenders
Harriet Thorpe!!! :)
2nd half started weirdly with 5 of the Wicked standby's/understudies performing a medley of Sound of Music - but in a kinda swing/burlesque style... but the outfits were the lederhosen things and were not very flattering on any of them.
Wayne Sleep did a weird Charlie Chaplin thing and Bombay Dreams did 3 songs... 2 of which were MIMED!!! - slightly shocking.
Starlight Express was AMAZING! So many people all on one stage at one time!!
I'm actually tempted to go listen to the soundtrack now, as there are so many good songs in there.
The last song... was up to date - WICKED - For Good. I knew as soon as Nikki Davis-Jones came on that Rachel wasnt there :( Louise Dearman started the song rather shakily and the arrangement was odd with the rest of the company providing back vocals and oohs and ahhhs.
I was quite gutted that Rachel was ill... but I know that she would definitely have wanted to do the Gala so she must be gutted too and I know we definitely all send her our best wishes and to get well soon!! xx