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.
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
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
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:
- Four Phantoms
- Les Miserables Medley