Myriad of music thrills

PUBLISHED: 10:19 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 11:44 17 June 2010

West End to Broadway - Musical Comedy Society - Manor Pavilion Theatre: Sidmouth Musical Comedy Society brought some of the magic of musicals back to the Manor Pavilion Theatre stage with a mixture of old favourites and more contemporary numbers in their most enjoyable show West End to Broadway

West End to Broadway - Musical Comedy Society - Manor Pavilion Theatre: Sidmouth Musical Comedy Society brought some of the magic of musicals back to the Manor Pavilion Theatre stage with a mixture of old favourites and more contemporary numbers in their most enjoyable show West End to Broadway.

Hannah Thompson, Julie Salmon and Emma Bateman helped to get the show off to a good start by leading the company in a lively opening number I have a dream/Mamma Mia.

It was a sheer joy to see Vicki Campbell gracing the Manor Pavilion stage again as she led the company in Winner takes it all from Mamma Mia and later tugged at our heart strings with brilliant and evocative renderings of Don't cry for me, Argentina from Evita and As if we never said goodbye from Sunset Boulevard. Fellow favourite Sidmouth songster Avril Best captivated the audience with Wishing you were here again from Phantom of the Opera, For Good from Wicked and Diva's Lament from Spamalot, as well as joining Vicki in an engaging It needs work from City of Angels.

Steven Boyd sung powerfully and showed versatility with Music of the Night, You walk with me from The Full Monty and leading the chorus in a whimsical Hushabye Mountain from Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.

I was highly amused by an OAP style of My favourite things with "old codgers" Barbara Wooster and Hilary Parslow and more fun came from Trevor Patch, Barry Lister, Baz Breadmore and Adam Owen-Jones in their well performed Everybody ought to have a maid from A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Forum.

More mirth came from the male chorus with Knights of the Round Table from Spamalot.

The children's chorus brought cute charm as Hannah reprised her star role in Annie, leading them in It's the hard knock life. They shared a real show stopper as Barry as Fagin jovially led them in Be back soon, aided by Alfie Weaver and Mathew Hillier.

Steve Vernon and Claire Browne treated us to romantic songs So in love and Wunderbar from Kiss me Kate.

I enjoyed Robert Marshall and the glamorous Grace McNeil performing Skid Row and Suddenly Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors and Dan Barratt was excellent as the dentist from the same show.

Adam won our sympathy as Mister Cellophone from Chicago and he and Alicia Highly most effectively led the company in Can you feel the love tonight? from the Lion King and Welcome to the 60s from Hairspray. Emma gave a spirited lead to the company in You walk with me from Chorus Line and Steve and Adam led an energetic finale We will rock you.

This enjoyable excursion from West End to Broadway was devised and directed by Dan Barratt and Elizabeth Hammond and Marcus Bartlett provided effective lighting and sound with all music recorded.

We now look forward to Peter Pan in January.

Roger Simmonds

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