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Monday 12 February 2024

Initial Casting Announced for Spring Awakening Reunion Concert


Producers Jack Maple and Evelyn Hoskins are thrilled to unveil the initial cast for the 15th Anniversary concert of the groundbreaking West End production of Spring Awakening, the acclaimed musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, based on Frank Wedekind’s iconic play.

This special event, marking the 15th year since the original London production, will reunite many of the beloved original cast members for a one-night-only celebration on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Tickets are available for purchase now.

Returning to the stage from the original West End production are Lucy May Barker as Ilse, Natasha Barnes as Anna, Harry McEntire as Ernst, Hayley Gallivan as Martha, Evelyn Hoskins as Thea, Edward Judge as Otto, Jamie Muscato as Melchior, Jos Slovick as Georg, and Charlotte Wakefield as Wendla. Additionally, Chris Barton, Natalie Garner, Mona Goodwin, Gemma O’Duffy, and Richard Southgate will reprise their roles.

The original London band, including Huw Davies, Don Richardson, Matthew Senior, Vicky Matthews, Charlie Brown, and Rachel Robson under the musical direction of Nigel Lilley, will accompany the cast.

Spring Awakening chronicles the tale of adolescent rebellion against societal constraints, set to a captivating score that has enthralled audiences worldwide.

Originally premiering on Broadway in 2006 and subsequently transferring to London in 2009, Spring Awakening has garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, including Tony and Olivier accolades.

Duncan Sheik expressed his excitement about the anniversary concert, reminiscing about the joyous memories of the original London production. Steven Sater shared his gratitude for the opportunity to bring back the beloved show for this special occasion.

In addition to celebrating the musical's legacy, this concert will serve as a fundraiser for Imogen Kinchin, a pivotal figure in the original production, who is battling Stage IV Bowel Cancer. The company of Spring Awakening has generously decided to donate the proceeds from the concert to Imogen's Fund.

Directed by Jamie Armitage and featuring musical direction by Nigel Lilley, Spring Awakening promises to be a poignant and unforgettable event, honouring both the musical's impact and the resilience of its community.

Initial Casting Announced for Spring Awakening Reunion Concert

Monday 12 February 2024

Friday 26 January 2024

Here & Now a Musical by Steps to Debut This Year


UK pop sensation Steps is over the moon to reveal the world premiere of their fresh musical, Here & Now. Set to the beats of their iconic music and featuring an original storyline by Shaun Kitchener, the musical will debut at The Alexandra, Birmingham, running from November 9 to 24, 2024. Produced by Steps and ROYO with Pete Waterman, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Matt Cole, Here & Now promises a spectacular showcase of Steps' timeless hits.

Casting details are yet to be unveiled, but here's a sneak peek into the musical's plot: Step into the lively aisles of seaside superstore Better Best Bargains on a Friday night, where the atmosphere is electric, and everyone's dancing. However, when Caz discovers that the shelves are filled with deceit, the anticipated Summer of Love turns into a heartbreaking tale. Will they miss their shot at 'happy ever after,' or does love have another twist in store?

Steps members (Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans, and Lisa Scott-Lee) expressed their excitement about the musical, sharing, “We’ve searched for the perfect story for our music, and we’ve found it in the aisle of a seaside superstore. It’s a story of friendship, romance, and community, packed with our biggest hits. We can’t wait to see you there!”

With 14 top five singles, 4 number one albums, 22 million record sales, 500 million streams, and 11 sold-out national arena tours, Steps is the UK’s most successful mixed-sex pop group. Their chart-toppers like Tragedy/Heartbeat, Stomp, One For Sorrow, Better Best Forgotten, 5,6,7,8, Last Thing On My Mind, Love’s Got A Hold Of My Heart, and Chain Reaction will be featured in the musical.

Steps' 2017 comeback tour was a massive success, selling out all 300,000 tickets, and the band has continued to make waves with new music. Their 25th-anniversary celebration included a headline summer tour and the release of the #1 album Platinum Collection, solidifying their status alongside ABBA, Rolling Stones, and Stereophonics as one of the few groups to score #1 albums in four consecutive decades.

Join Steps for a journey filled with laughter, tears, and dance in the aisles.

Here & Now a Musical by Steps to Debut This Year

Friday 26 January 2024

Saturday 18 November 2023

Jamie Muscato to Perform Solo Concert at Cadogan Hall


Fourth Wall Live, in collaboration with Westway Music, is thrilled to present West End sensation Jamie Muscato live at Cadogan Hall on Saturday, July 21, 2024, at 6:30 pm. Tickets for this exclusive event go on sale starting Monday, November 20, at www.fw-live.com and www.cadoganhall.com.

Renowned for his outstanding contributions to musical theatre, Jamie Muscato, known for his roles in Moulin Rouge and Heathers, will showcase a new solo concert at Cadogan Hall in 2024. Muscato has an impressive repertoire, including performances in Les Misérables, Once In Concert, and Sweeney Todd.

Jamie Muscato's versatile talent extends to TV and film, with notable credits such as Chemistry of Death, Darkness Rising, and The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Fourth Wall Live, recognised for its successful productions like Bonnie and Clyde The Musical In Concert, consistently brings top-tier entertainment to audiences. Their recent shows have featured Broadway favourites like Jeremy Jordan and Audra McDonald, emphasising their commitment to showcasing stars from both the West End and Broadway. Additionally, Fourth Wall Live proudly produced the What’sOnStage Award-winning Bonnie & Clyde The Musical, concluding a successful run at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.

Jamie Muscato to Perform Solo Concert at Cadogan Hall

Saturday 18 November 2023

Friday 17 November 2023

Sammy Rae and the Friends at the Hammersmith Apollo Review: A Theatrical, Musical Masterclass


Sammy Rae and the Friends
Hammersmith Apollo 

Sammy Rae and the Friends took over the Eventim Apollo last night for the London stop on their Camp Tour and what a glorious night it was. Under the magnetic leadership of vocalist and songwriter Samantha Rae Bowers, the Brooklyn-based septet dazzled the audience with impeccable vocals, riffs and infectious enthusiasm. Their unique blend of jazz, funk and folk with a dash of theatre kid for good measure created an electrically warm atmosphere and made the venue feel like it was hosting one big party.

From the get go it's Sammy's utterly magnetic presence which draws you in. Her infectious energy creates an almost instantaneous connection with the audience that continues throughout and provides the ingredients for a really special night. Whether belting out stellar vocals (that sound just as good if not better than on the albums), laying on the stage or bantering with the audience, Sammy Rae proves to be an outstandingly charismatic band leader, who knows how to command a stage.

The Friends, the ridiculously talented ensemble of musicians who accompany the show are as good as it gets. They each get moments to shine and showcase their musical skills which are universally outstanding, and alongside that they get to show their chemistry with one another. The whole group seem to be having the time of their lives on stage, creating a bubbling vibe which reaches into the audience and pulls us into the fold. Positivity is the heartbeat of this group and it's joyous to behold.

The setlist provided a great mix of familiar favourites including Talk it Up and Jackie Onassis as well as some sneak peeks at tracks from their upcoming album. Particularly moving was the soon to be released David, which focusses on men's mental health and is incredibly beautiful and poignant. There were also a couple of covers, with Abba's Lay All Your Love on Me proving a real audience favourite. Throughout, Sammy Rae and Friends effortlessly transitioned between vocal styles and genres, going from calmer more soulful pieces to the exuberant high-octane numbers. The diverse repertoire continually showcased the band's musical aptitude and versatility.

Alongside expert musicianship, the evening was truly a celebration of community, as fostered by the group and the infectious, frivolous atmosphere they crafted. Whilst the songs explore a lot of serious themes, the group maintain a carefree persona and invite the audience to enjoy the moment and celebrate the good things life has to offer.

The Camp tour isn't anchored around a specific album so the evening was a great chance to revel in the signature hits, whilst becoming excited for what's next in the Sammy Rae discography. The combination of Sammy Rae's magnetic stage presence, the exceptional talent of the Friends, a thoughtfully curated setlist and a welcoming crowd, affirmed the group as a formidable force in the music industry and made a promise that we'll be seeing and hearing much more of them. They certainly earned their badges for riffing, raving and raising the roof!

★★★★
Reviewed on Thursday 16th November 2023 by Olivia
Photo Credit: Mia Isabella Photography

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Sammy Rae and the Friends at the Hammersmith Apollo Review: A Theatrical, Musical Masterclass

Friday 17 November 2023

Monday 26 June 2023

Pink at BST Hyde Park review: An Electrifying Performance Which Soars to New Heights

truly showcased Pink's versatility and fearlessness as an artist, cementing her as one of the best in the business"

P!nk: Summer Carnival
BST Hyde Park
★★★★

In a stunning showcase of talent and entertainment, last night Pink took to the Great Oak Stage at Hyde Park, to perform a captivating show which closed her weekend at the BST festival. An awe-inspiring experience, her limitless energy, exceptional connection with the crowd, astonishing circus abilities, and unwavering vocals took the spotlight and created a really really entertaining evening. Although there were a few moments of slight lulls, the other exhilarating moments more than made up for them, resulting in a truly unforgettable evening of pure enjoyment.

Pink's natural ability to engage with her audience was truly extraordinary. From the moment she stepped onto the stage, she effortlessly commanded everyone's attention with her charming presence. She skilfully interacted with the crowd throughout the concert, making each person feel like an integral part of the performance. From taking various teddy bears, to celebrating first concert experiences and showcasing a fan's artwork, her interactions were authentic and heartfelt, creating a really welcoming atmosphere and some truly memorable audience experiences.

It's not a Pink show without some gravity defying circus acts and even at the vast open air venue she did not disappoint. Whether she was soaring high above the stage showing aerial silks or executing some beautiful choreography whilst suspended in the air, her talent left spectators in awe. These mesmerising moments added a dynamic element to the show, that truly showcased Pink's versatility and fearlessness as an artist, cementing her as one of the best in the business.

Pink's vocals remained flawless throughout the entire evening, delivering powerful performances filled with precision and emotion. Her voice effortlessly spanned a wide range of genres, captivating the audience with its raw power and vulnerability. Whether performing a song she'd written or one by someone else, each note was infused with passion and authenticity, leaving a lasting impact on everyone fortunate enough to witness her remarkable talent firsthand.

As the sun began to set, the lighting design flawlessly complemented the changing atmosphere, creating a visual spectacle that enhanced the overall experience. The lighting design effectively worked alongside the sun and shadows of nature, and the golden hue which accompanied the sunset was especially magical as it bathed the stage in a captivating glow.

Adding another layer of depth to the performance, the well-incorporated video elements were super effective. During the poignant song Irrelevant, large screens displayed videos highlighting female empowerment and the Black Lives Matter movement, creating a really significant and moving moment. These thoughtful additions not only showcased Pink's commitment to social justice but also deeply resonated with the audience, reminding everyone of the transformative power of music.

Pink's concert at Hyde Park was a remarkable demonstration of talent that left an enduring impression on all attendees. Her exceptional audience interaction, mind-blowing circus skills, and flawless vocals were the pillars of an evening that will be cherished. While there were fleeting moments of respite, they were quickly overshadowed by the sheer energy and excitement that filled the show. An undeniable triumph and a testament to her artistry, Pink and her team created a multi-sensory experience that was a treat for all in attendance.

Reviewed on Sunday 25th June by Olivia Mitchell
photo credit: Dave Hogan/Hogan Media

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Pink at BST Hyde Park review: An Electrifying Performance Which Soars to New Heights

Monday 26 June 2023

Monday 19 June 2023

Harry Styles at Wembley Stadium review: Where Strangers Become Friends and Fans Become Family

a life-changing experience, driven by exceptional musical talent, captivating stage presence, and a genuine commitment to building a community

Harry Styles Love on Tour
Wembley Stadium
★★★★★

Among the huge array of concerts on offer, some artists possess the unique ability to create an atmosphere that goes beyond a mere performance. Harry Styles, the British singer-songwriter and former One Direction member, is undoubtedly one such artist. His closing show of four sell out’s at Wembley Stadium, was a testament to his musical prowess and stage craft. The ambience he created allowed for a magical showcase of the power of friendship and community; under Harry’s command, pure, unfiltered joy permeated the evening, and made it so special to both audience and performer.

Leading up to the performance there was a frenetic energy filling every space. With bedazzled outfits, feather boas and cowboy hats filling the arena, the sea of colour was a visual indication of the bright and beautiful performance to come. From the moment Harry took the stage, the crowd came even more alive and from the moment he stepped out it was clear that the enthusiasm and genuine love was mutual between the audience and the star. He effortlessly took the role of the charismatic conductor of this extraordinary symphony and invited everyone to forget their troubles and be truly free for a few hours.

What struck me the most about the concert was the strong sense of friendship and community that Harry fostered throughout the night. From the get go Styles created an inclusive space where everyone felt accepted, loved, and celebrated for exactly who they are. The vigour with which the audience embraced this was a testament to Harry's commitment to creating an environment where diversity and individuality are not only accepted but embraced.

Throughout the evening, Harry’s music served as a catalyst, bringing people from different backgrounds together, forming an unbreakable bond. Whether it was the carefree sing-alongs to Watermelon Sugar, the semi-cultish bowing at the alter of Mitch Rowland’s guitar solo in She, the united screams of “leave America” during As It Was, the congas in Treat People With Kindness or the group hugs and tears during Fine Line, each song became a thread weaving a tapestry of emotions that bound us all. With surprise songs added, including fan favourite Medicine and Sweet Creature which Styles hasn't performed since 2018, it really was a treat to be in the room for this momentous concert that truly cemented Styles' icon status. There’s no other word to describe it than electric. If unadulterated joy could power the country, Harry Styles would be head of operations.

Beyond the music, Harry's heartfelt interactions with the audience showcased his genuine care for his fans. He took the time to engage in conversations, listen to their stories, and make each person feel seen and valued. It was a beautiful reminder that music can bridge the gap between strangers and create lasting connections.

Production wise the show was a treat, with great visuals that told a story, lighting that complemented the sun slowly going down and a fun stage design which allowed many to get almost within touching distance of Mr Styles. A sensory feast, the show really provided all you could ask for.

As the night came to an end, I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the incredible impact that music has on our lives and the meaningful connections it brings. Harry Styles not only delivered an outstanding performance but also reminded us of the significance of finding people who allow you to be yourself. It was a night that broke down barriers, opened hearts, and created lasting memories.

This concert was a life-altering experience, driven by exceptional musical talent, captivating stage presence, and a genuine commitment to building a community. Styles' ability to deeply connect with his audience, fostered an atmosphere of inclusivity and acceptance, making the event a remarkable celebration of music and our shared humanity. It was an occasion where strangers quickly became friends, and fans collectively experienced the transformative power of music. As an artist who truly embodies his craft, Harry Styles continues to redefine the concert experience, leaving an unforgettable impact on the hearts of his fans.

Reviewed on Saturday 17th June 2023 by Olivia Mitchell
photo credit: Lloyd Wakefield

Harry Styles at Wembley Stadium review: Where Strangers Become Friends and Fans Become Family

Monday 19 June 2023

Thursday 4 May 2023

Pentatonix: The World Tour at the Eventim Apollo review: A shining celebration of musical talent


Pentatonix: The World Tour
Eventim Apollo

After having their concerts postponed in 2020, the Grammy Award winning group Pentatonix have finally made it to London with their world tour. Featuring the classics that made them popular such as Daft Punk and White Winter Hymnal, as well as soulful pieces from their most recent album, The Lucky Ones and some extra musical gems, the group proved that it was well worth the wait as they showcased their impressive range and versatility. As expected, their harmonies are spot-on and their ability to create complex sounds using only their voices continues to be astounding.

Having last seen them perform in 2016 what was immediately striking with this tour is just how amped up and emphasised the production value is; everything feels bolder and sleeker. This is in no small part thanks to the excellent lighting design by Damian Rogers which is so impeccably programmed to sync up with every beat and emotional inflection, it becomes a show all of its own. Equally the choreography perfectly complements each song and adds a real element of interest. The production team have done an incredible job of creating a concert experience that was not only musically impressive but also visually captivating.

What really makes the concert stand out is the energy and passion that Pentatonix bring to the procedings. The group have a palpable friendship and support network which shines from the stage and creates a really lovely atmosphere. Plus, they interact with the crowd, share stories and jokes, and make everyone feel like they are a part of the experience. It's clear that they genuinely love what they do and enjoy connecting with their fans.

Where before this could have been a 10/10 musical concert, now it’s a 10/10 musical spectacle. The bold elements don’t take away from the vocals, in fact they frame them perfectly and highlight just how tight and strong the vocal quintet are. It’s a matured and elevated experience and the talent and passion on stage make Pentatonix really shine. Hopefully it won't take seven years for the group to return to the UK because we need more!

★★★★
Reviewed on Wednesday 3rd May 2023 by Olivia Mitchell
photo credit: Ben Hausdorff

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Pentatonix: The World Tour at the Eventim Apollo review: A shining celebration of musical talent

Thursday 4 May 2023

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Toby Sebastian at Omeara review: A stellar first headline show


Toby Sebastian
Omeara 
★★★★

Since originally releasing music in 2013, Toby Sebastian has been firmly carving his name in the music industry and this year has embarked on his first ever headline tour, which last night reached London's Omeara in a spectacular fashion.

A wonderful showcase of Toby's vocals and stellar song writing, the evening provided a mixture of fan favourite songs, as well as material from his upcoming album; all of which was received with warmth by the crowd who bopped along throughout. Also well received was a surprise appearance by Bridgerton star, Simone Ashley who got to showcase her hauntingly beautiful vocals in a duet of Rusty Snare. Fingers crossed we'll see the duo pair up again in future.

Striking throughout the evening was Sebastian's innate musicality which shone through as he poured his heart into the performance. His unique blend of indie and rock perfectly matches the raw, emotional sound of his voice, which particularly soars in his falsetto moments. These virtuosic sections were some of the best and most captivating of the set. In a bigger venue, with a slightly better sound system, one can only imagine how spectacular Toby would sound.

Equally, the evening had some really high octane moments, especially in the closing rendition of Train To Mexico which felt like a party and was certainly a fan fave. Sebastian really lets the music speak for itself and doesn't interact a huge amount with the audience which means sometimes there's a feeling of disconnect, however, his charisma still shines through and he really gives his all musically.

The three piece band work together like a well oiled machine and everyone seems like they're genuinely having fun on stage which is a real treat to see. 

Mention must also go to Louis Oliver who performed a super solid opening set and really charmed the audience through his raspy, incredibly powerful vocals. 

Overall a well-curated set list, and a solid and evident appreciation for music and performing made this a really special night. Whilst there's no release date yet for Toby's next album, the sneak peeks say it's going to be a really enjoyable listen; and the next tour which will hopefully accompany it will be so worth attending!

Reviewed on Tuesday 25th April 2023 by Olivia Mitchell
Photo credit: Mike Palmer

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Toby Sebastian at Omeara review: A stellar first headline show

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Tuesday 7 June 2022

Sam Ryder and Nathan Dawe join the star-studded line-up for Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard!


The UK’s biggest summer party just got even bigger! Capital Breakfast’s Roman Kemp, Sian Welby and Sonny Jay have confirmed on air this morning (Tuesday 7th June) that Sam Ryder and Nathan Dawe have joined the star-studded line-up for Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard, which takes place this Sunday 12th June at Wembley Stadium. 

 

The stratospheric rise of the UK’s Eurovision hero Sam Ryder continues, as he gets ready to take to the world-famous Wembley Stadium stage at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard. Sam – who topped The Official Big Top 40 chart last month with ‘SPACE MAN’ - is one of the hottest acts in the country right now following his phenomenal success flying the flag for the UK at Eurovision 2022.

 

Nathan Dawe is also confirmed to play the Ball, where he’s guaranteed to bring major summer party vibes to 80,000 Capital listeners. The multi-platinum-selling DJ and producer is responsible for huge hits including ‘Lighter’ featuring KSI, ‘Flowers’ feat. Jaykae and MALIKA, and his most recent release, ‘21 Reasons’ with Ella Henderson.

 

Sam Ryder and Nathan Dawe join the bill after Capital Breakfast’s Roman Kemp, Sian Welby and Sonny Jay revealed on air yesterday that Maisie Peters, who is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on his ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’, will play Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard. The singer-songwriter is one of this year’s most hotly tipped rising stars and her set is not to be missed.

 

The countdown to Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard is officially on, and the only way in is to win – listen to Capital for the chance to join the sold-out crowd of 80,000 Capital listeners at the UK’s biggest summer party this Sunday.

 

Yesterday Capital revealed four-time GRAMMY Award-winning and seven-time BRIT Award-winning superstar Ed Sheeran will open the show on Sunday. Live DJ sets from Capital’s Marvin Humes and MistaJam will get the crowd in party mode from midday onwards when the doors open, before Ed Sheeran takes to the world-famous Summertime Ball stage at 2pm for a very special set. For those watching at home the Global Player live stream starts from 2pm. 

 

Listen to Capital across the UK on FM, DAB digital radio, on Global Player on your smart speaker (“play Capital”), iOS or Android device and at capitalfm.com.


Watch Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard live on Global Player, this Sunday 12th June from 2pm.

 

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Sam Ryder and Nathan Dawe join the star-studded line-up for Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard!

Tuesday 7 June 2022