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Christmas on Broadway – Sage Gateshead

~ a guest blog review by Mandy Charlton

Joy to the world, it’s that time of year again when we’re transported to the great white way with four talented vocalists accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia for an evening of songs from musical theatre mixed with the best and most joyful Christmas music. 

Christmas on Broadway is a show that starts with a festive bang, the Christmas overture was the perfect festive introduction to an evening which past without one single fault.

Michael England expertly conducted the orchestra and was joined on stage by the vocally talented Scott Davies (who I believe has played Phantom more than any other actor), Alice Fearn, Sophie Evans and Tyrone Huntley.  Every single number was on pointe and note perfect.

Last nights musical numbers were mostly older crowd pleasers from the classics such as The Lullaby of Broadway from 42nd Street and Something’s Coming from West Side Story, more Modern offerings came from City of Angels with a brilliant performance of Coleman’s “You’re Nothing Without Me” from Huntley and Davis and my own personal highlight was as ever the passionately sung “Defying Gravity’ From Wicked performed by Alice Fearn who not only did not miss a note but gave the best performance of the song I’ve ever heard, right up there with performances I’ve seen by Kerry Ellis and Idina Menzel.

If I could have one irk it would be that Wicked is where all of these shows seem to stop in terms of the modern musical performances, surely something from Dear Evan Hansen or Mean Girls or Legally Blonde should be up there now?  I have to admit to hearing an older lady talking about going home and researching this new Wizard of Oz musical (referring to Wicked) even though it’s more than a decade since it was first performed on Broadway in 2003.

I have no criticisms of the vocalists or indeed of my favourite orchestra on the planet (and I’ve heard a few now) the Royal Northern Symphonia who simply never sound anything other than gloriously joyful.

For many years I’ve told my children that if you have Christmas in your heart, there will always be magic and for me, the magic of Christmas is a trip to see the RNS perform music that I love, last nights performance was my favourite of theirs, possibly for the whole of this year because it’s evident they were having so much fun playing, adding the magic of the musicals with a camp touch of Christmas and yes, Christmas is the most camp and colourful time of year when we’re allowed to be just that little bit extra flamboyant and in my book you have perfection.

9/10 Christmas joy with a heady mix of mellifluous musical theatre


~ a guest blog review by Mandy Charlton

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