I already knew that interest in this concert was
massive but I was confronted by
at least five shady characters, before I`d left the
station, who assured me that they had access to the
venue..... FOR A PRICE!!!
I arrived at
the venue and
was pleased to find
that the security was holding
the growing crowd at bay, I quickly took my seat.
The buzz of anticipation in the audience was at near fever pitch as the
musicians took their places.
My heart sank, only a pianoforte and a single acoustic
guitar, but I should
not have had
any misgivings as the virtuoso performances were perfection
The Master of
Ceremonies, resplendent in black
suit, bow tie and sporting a magnificent
moustache (that surely would have filled
Edward VII with
pride) then appeared and we knew
the “show was on the road”.
After the opening announcement by the M.C we heard the sounds of the
opening song as the performers appeared on stage singing and dancing carrying
with them an infectious happiness that was to last throughout the show.
We were then
treated to refreshingly
new arrangements of familiar
songs as well as some great choreography, punctuated
liberally with solo
performances, a great version of “Cockles and Mussels”
leaps to mind. To this was added
surprise mystery guests, I remember a
marvelous duet featuring a diva, sporting bright green
hair and an amazing pair of spectacles,
with her beau. The M.C again took front
stage as the cast left the stage and the audience had time to catch its breath.
After a short interval the cast reappeared, this time in military
ensemble, and the cast treated us to a “tour de force” of more of our favourite songs.
During a touching rendition of that heartfelt song “Lili Marlene” a
sultry figure clothed in a Macintosh moved
to centre stage, the Macintosh was opened to
I was left clutching one of her stockings with a memory that will warm
As the sounds
of the songs
abated one of the cast stepped
forward to treat us to a wonderful
“stand-up” comedy spot. The material was
first class and some of the jokes were unknown even to
this jaded hack. The versatility of these performers seems to
have no bounds.
then introduced us
to another surprise guest a “Mr
Motivator” who turned out to be a petite lady with
outstanding biceps. The sounds of “The
Stripper” blasted out and the cast began
to undress to
reveal lycra gym clothes, we were then
treated to a
`break-neck` version of that charabanque
classic “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”
The M.C brought
us back to
earth and led us singing “The Woodlands Anthem”
fitting end to a fine show.
Rafe St John Fitzedmund
Fine Arts and Court Correspondent