Monday, 21 March 2011

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, 20 March, 2011

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Regent Theatre****


Produced by Lunchbox, David Atkins & Really Useful Group, Regent Theatre, March 20-27, 2011 then touring nationally.


  • Reviewed by: Kate Herbert
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  • March 23, 2011 10:39AM (reviewed March 20)

Nobody can argue that Andrew Lloyd Webber is a prolific composer of successful musicals. This tribute concert show travels through his most memorable music theatre repertoire.

Directed with flair and simplicity by Stuart Maunder, eight Australian singers perform hits from Evita, Phantom, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Love Never Dies and others. Although it does not have all the bells and whistles of a full production, the singers are backed by a superb band lead by Guy Noble, and enormous video projections replacing a set.

It’s worth the price to hear Michael Cormick’s thrilling renditions of The Music of the Night, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. His voice is hypnotic and rich with an extensive range and exceptional control.

Trisha Crowe’s pure classical tones, impeccable technique and pert appearance are perfect for Christine’s songs from Phantom and Love Never Dies. Alinta Chidzey is a sassy vocal and physical presence while Delia Hannah’s Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and Memory from Cats, are emotional.

Lloyd Webber’s greatest hits have a common dynamic arc, moving from intimacy and control to soaring, emotional, fortissimo high notes at their end.

There is plenty to thrill the senses of fans – and the show is a great prelude to the opening of Love Never Dies in May.


Stars: ****

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