Last night, a smattering of the West ends finest got together (virtually) to pay tribute to the works of Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne and Jerry Herman. The event was in aid of raising money for Acting For Others, NHS Charities and Black Lives Matter Global charities.
Similar to the Broadway based tribute to Sondheim several weeks ago, this concert, organised by Alex Parker, was full of classic songs sung beautifully by some of the best the West end has to offer. There has been no shortage of musical theatre, new and classic, to fill the hours during lockdown, but this was without a doubt, one of the best.
The full thing can be watched by clicking play below:
If you're short of time as you need to change from your day loungewear to your night loungewear, these are some of the must see moments from the show:
MICHAEL XAVIER - I WON'T SEND ROSES
The sublimely talented Michael Xavier sings this number from Mack & Mabel.
MICHAEL COLBOURNE - YOU COULD DRIVE A PERSON CRAZY
Michael Colbourne delivers one of the standout performances. playing all 3 of Bobby's love interests with flawless harmonies in this memorable number from Company.
CELINDE SCHOENMAKER & LAURA PITT PULFORD - EVERY DAY A LITTLE DEATH
Two of the West ends finest, Celinde and Laura go all out in this number from A Little Night Music, including matching outfits and even props.
RAMIN KARIMLOO -BEING ALIVE
Ramin delivered one of the best performances on the night with this spine-tingling number from Company.
LOUISE DEARMAN - LOSING MY MIND
One of Sondheims finest songs, Louise Dearman channelled all the emotion she could muster in this gorgeous rendition of the Follies classic.
As well as the standard numbers posted above, there were two rather unique, special and deeply moving moments across the concert:
SAINSBURYS STAFF MEMBERS - SUNDAY
You read that right. With the theatres closed, many cast and crew members have taken jobs at places like Sainsburys. Sydenham has hired several of them, including Kings of Broadway organiser, Alex Parker. Some of the staff got together to perform this absolutely beautiful number from Sunday In The Park With George. One of the standout moments of the night. The fact they recorded this after a 10 hour night shift makes it all the more impressive.
Without a doubt, the most emotional and moving moment of the whole concert came in the form of the Maya Angelou poem 'I Rise'. The disturbing news coming from America could not be ignored, so Alex Parker and Tosh Wanogho-Maud organised this powerful piece:
This really was a brilliant concert to watch. It encapsulated the very best of theatre - the ability to make you smile, laugh and cry all within moments of eachother. Recreating the feelings we all get sitting in the theatre was one of the highlights of all of these virtual concerts and shows that we've been seeing over the past few months.
It was all for a good cause though. They have already raised an impressive amount of money but there's always room for more, so if you did enjoy it, please donate at: