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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ruthie Henshall and The Sound of Hollywood @ The Sage, Gateshead.

A tremendous show that was thoroughly enjoyed by the three tier packed Hall One.
Ruthie Henshall is a West End legend and her tribute to the stars of those great Hollywood movies was done both brilliantly and sincerely. Close your eyes and you're listening to Streisand, Merman, Garland, Andrews yet still getting one hundred percent Henshall.
Ruthie looked good in a red gown for the first set and a slinky, figure hugging, off the shoulder, sequined topped black dress with a tantalising split up the side in the second. Keeping the star on her toes were four great singers/dancers whose names I omitted to jot down but their choreography, harmony and feature numbers were the epitome of class.
Behind it all the Manchester Concert Orchestra under Richard Balcombe handled the complex scores with apparent ease. Below is the gist of the material which also included The Aitchison, Topeko and the Sante Fe, Get Happy, We're A Couple of Swells, and Over The Rainbow - done as an encore and with great sensitivity. Surprisingly, the show stopper of the first set was The Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity with the five singers producing a contrapuntal almost Bach-like fugue effect.

There's No Business Like Show Business (overture) - Annie Get Your Gun. Everything's Coming up Roses - Gypsy. I Get a Kick Out of You, Anything Goes, You're The Top - Anything Goes Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better - Annie Get Your Gun The Carioca - Flying Down to Rio (instrumental) Hello Dolly - Hello Dolly I'm the Greatest Star, People, Don't Rain on my Parade - Funny Girl The Man That Got Away - A Star is Born The Trolley Song, The Boy Next Door - Meet me in St Louis Good mornin' - Singin' in the rain Willkommen - Cabaret Thoroughly Modern Millie - Thoroughly Modern Millie Wouldn't it be Lovely - My Fair Lady

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Lance.

1 comment :

Liz said...

A real trouper this lass, I think "Sweet Charity" is underrated..."If they could see me now" is a great number, but then with such a wealth of Gas-book to choose from how can you go wrong!
Liz

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