Sunday, 21 February 2016

Michael Jackson Tribute 20th February 2016

So saturday night myself and Holly experienced an amazing gig with some amazing talent on one stage which is so rare to come by.

This was The Michael Jackson tribute which was held at the Indigo o2 at the o2 arena in London.
Of course I was really looking forward to this gig as I'm a massive fan of MJ but also have love for Alex Buchanan and the 2 mixed together is just something special and awesome.
Throw in some other great talent such as Leonn, Jermaine Riley & JJ Rosa, Zalon and more and you have an epic night.
The gig had a great mixture of MJ songs there were the good old classics such as Dirty Diana, Earth Song ,Gotta be Starting Something and many more.
There were 2 stand out performances and they were JJ Rosa singing Black & White which was phenomenal and Alex Buchanan singing She's out of my life and I sobbed like a baby as it was filled with such emotion and passion but to honest anything Alex sings or performs is truly spectacular.
The talent on that stage last night was fantastic and I can't forget to mention the amazing band who played live for the whole show it was incredible.

The Indigo o2 was just the perfect venue for this show it had a great feel and was very intimate which I throughly enjoyed and it worked so well.
I do hope to see another show like this again really soon espically seeing Alex doing what he truly loves and in his own way! 
So if you see this gig pop up again please please make sure you go see it and see some amazing talented artists. 

Thanks for reading 

Laura xx 

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Monday, 15 February 2016

The Lion King

Hey all

Welcome to our first guest review for half term for the Lion king 

The Lion King has been on my list of shows to see for years now, and finally I was able to see it on Thursday night thanks to a very generous Christmas present from my sister.

The first thing I noticed as we headed up to the Lyceum theatre was just how big it really was!
It's the first time I've ever had to queue to get inside, so definitely try and get there earlier. All the staff were lovely and there was a great choice of merchandise available. 

Our seats were in the grand circle, right in the centre so we had a perfect view. 

From the very start, you are immediately captivated by the visual aspects, I've never seen anything like it before. They use a mixture of simple and complex effects, such as puppetry and lighting to tell the story. My favourite was the staircase that unfolded from the stage floor to recreate "Pride Rock".  The way the actors embodied the animals was incredible, you actually forget you are watching people. 

After reading through the programme, I noticed that the majority of the performers were either from African decent this added a whole other level to the show, as there was such a realness and raw sound to their voices, especially while singing in their native language, definitely a "goose bumps" moment. Once you hear that first line from "The Circle of Life" you know you in for something spectacular.

My only criticism was that I felt some of the script was a but weak, and didn't really add anything to the story, but I could easily overlook that from the amazing musical numbers and characters. 

I would really recommend this to anyone! Perfect for families too! Even if you just see it for the wonderful costumes, if you get the chance, go!


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

End of Longing - 10th Feb 2016

Hey everyone , 

So tonight's review I've been looking forward to writing since the show was announced 

I'm a huge fan of Friends and knowing Matthew Perry has written the show added to my excitement for tonight.

First up The Playhouse Theatre. 
It's been a few years since I last came to see a show here and it was lovely to see the new restoration work the theatre has undergone. If you are going to visit the show take a moment to look at the amazing design work around the upper levels of the auditorium. 
A special mention should go to all the amazing staff in the theatre who made the visit really nice this evening.

On to the show 

From the opening few minutes the laughter started and I was hooked. 
From the cleverly worked stage set you knew exactly where and what you were watching. 
The story itself had a dark side and a strong message but amazingly written where the laughter continued amongst the story being told.
As I've been looking forward to this since its announcement I've tried not to read a lot on the show but actually didn't want the show to end and wanted to know more of the story.
The whole cast work very well together on stage and bring something very special to the show I couldn't fault any of it.
If you manage to grab a ticket for the show you will not regret it at all. I'm currently online now looking or tickets to come again in the next few weeks.
As a warning there is strong language in the show so not for a younger audience.

The show didn't disappoint at all and I wish all involved a great run if tonight is anything to go by it'll be an epic run

Thanks for reading hope you all have a great rest of the week

Love Holly x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Spotlight - Alex Buchanan


Hey Everyone 

Welcome to this months Spotlight blog,now I'm sure your not going to be surprised by this one but if you have read my blogs in the past you will know i have a MASSIVE,HUGE,LOVE for Alex  and of course he deserves to feature in one of my monthly segments for Spotlight.
Now if you have seen Thriller live you will know how talented this young man is he amazes me each and every time i see him on stage and thats one of the reasons why i keep going back to see the show. 
As i said We all know Alex is very talented but what comes with that is a very down to earth,humble,genuine and lovely guy which lets face it is hard to come across sometimes in the business.


So lets go back to 2013 when Alex autioned for The voice Uk his performance of "Don't wake me up" got all 4 judges turning their chairs (and so they should of ) and it was team Jessie J all the way.. 
Alex got through to the battle rounds where he sang "Family Affair" and sadly Jessie choose the opposite opponent but thankfully Danny stole Alex and he made it through to the knockout round... The song of choice for the knockout round was "Signed,Sealed,Delivered I'm Yours" which may I say was absolutely amazing and I loved it but sadly Alex got eliminated which in my opinion is rubbish as he should of been the winner that year! 

So here we are in 2016 where Alex is till gracing the stage of the Lyric Theatre in Thriller Live as a lead male vocalist and doing a fabulous job as always.

I am hoping to hear an album from the man himself this year and even some gigs somewhere down the line as I truly enjoy watching And hearing Alex perfom I am just in awe by his stage presence and his voice. 
Let's face it we haven't heard the last of Alex Buchanan and 2016 is going to be his year and let's hope it brings lots of good positive vibes so let's pray that all these great things will happen as if it's one person that deserves it is Alex.

You can catch Alex in Thriller Live so please please go grab yourself a ticket and see what talent is as I know you will not be disappointed in what you see and hear..

Thanks for reading 

Laura xx 

PS: I just personally want to thank Alex for all his time over the last few months 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - 1st Feb 2016

Hey all

Welcome to my new review for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Monday's visit is one I had to keep secret as it was a birthday treat for one of my closest friends. All she knew was to meet me in Covent Garden when she was given her golden ticket for the visit. I did want to hand it over in a Wonka chocolate bar but was gutted to find they don't make them anymore.

On arrival at the theatre we were greated by the lovely staff in the foyer. From having tickets checked to being served for some sweets everyone had a smile. From both my visits to the show I highly rate the Theatre Royal in my top 5 favourite theatres. It's a stunning theatre both inside and out and is a lovely experience from start to finish. Bonus points always awarded for the leg room around the seats.

On my last visit I was quite high up but this time row D in the stalls bought a complete new love for the show. 
I didn't realise how much detail I had missed before but really enjoyed the whole performance.

The stage set from our view I thought was very clever I picked up on a lot more this time round. 
With out giving away spoilers if you haven't seen the show already - Pure imagination will firstly bring goosebumps and secondly the emotions. It's beautifully done and also very cleverly shown. Completely my favourite part of the show.
Special mention for the cast - from start to finish they were all brilliant. 
I don't know if it was from being so close but I actually found Mr Wonka a bit scary during the first half but warmed to him more during the second half.

The show is one id recommend you to add to your list to see for 2016 for viewers young n old the magic will take you in from the moment you enter the theatre.

Hope you have a great week