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Bui-Doi - Ramin Karimloo, Stephen Rahman-Hughes & Lee Mead

Review: West End Live 2016

West End Live is a free event which welcomes the majority of musicals in and around London’s West End to Trafalgar Square as they each perform a selection of numbers from their shows (in full costume) to the packed audiences. This was the 12th annual West End Live and was quite possibly the most successful yet.

Saturday’s event welcomes some of the biggest and most loved musicals to the stage.
New productions such as Motown the Musical and Showboat dazzled audiences with their catchy performances and their incredibly talented casts. Long running productions such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera are given the chance to shake up some of their numbers and give a unique and captivating performance.
Les Miserables welcomed Rachelle Ann Go and Eva Nobelzada to the stage where the pair performed a medley of I Dreamed a Dream and On My Own which blew audiences away before welcoming the rest of their cast as they performed everybody’s favourite, One Day More.
My personal favourite of the day had to be the Phantom of the Opera performance however. First audiences were treated to a blast of Masquerade before welcoming Lisa-Anne Wood and four Phantoms. London’s current Phantom, Ben Forster, was joined by Scott Davies (London’s Alternate Phantom), Peter Lockyer and Jeremy Secomb (Les Mis’ Valjean and Javert) for a one-off performance which was simply captivating.

Sunday is a celebration of some of the talented actors and actresses which the West End has to offer. From the beautiful and adored Samantha Barks to the West End’s newest leading lady, Pixie Lott. From the dashing Stephen Rahman-Hughes to the lovable presenter Daniel Boys who performed a beautiful tribute the victims of hate crimes around the world.
The charming Ramin Karimloo acted as the perfect finish to a truly wonderful weekend as he performed some of his Broadgrass numbers with his band.

West End Live is such a wonderful event which is perfect for the whole family. It’s no surprise that it gets more popular and more spectacular with each year. I can’t wait to see how they top this year.

Top 3 Moments:
-Ramin’s Performance
- Four Phantoms
- Les Miserables Medley

Images All Taken By Myself. 

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The Kitchen Musical: The Reason

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THE KITCHEN MUSICAL: “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.

cover by Christian Bautista (as sous chef Daniel Ray) and Stephen Rahman Hughes (as executive chef Alex Marcus)

I love what they did with the lighting and the symbolisms in this number.  I particularly love the way they took one of my favorite songs and transformed it into a context that actually fit.

And the blending of their voices in that one line of the lyric made me sigh and my heart stutter.

Also, I’m amused at how every ship is shippable in this show.  Even, apparently, these two.