Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Theatre round up 2017

Hey Guys, 

Hope you are well and have had a lovely Christmas.

Coming up is my round up what I've been up this year theatre wise.





Backstage Tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
At the start of the year I was lucky to do one of the behind the scenes tours of the Theatre Royal. It was early morning and the whole of Covent Garden was very quiet which was nice. There were a couple of tours that morning but we were lucky to only have four of us on ours.
The theatre itself is incredible and has always been one of my favourites to go n see a show at but to actually see more of the history of it was very special.
We were lucky to see the Royal box and the view from the box as well. As we had a small group we were lucky also to have a look under the stage and the mechanics that operate all the sets. 
Its amazing to see what goes on and throughly recommend it to do.

Mad Hatters Tea Party Round House Covent Garden
This was a great birthday present earlier in the year watching this production. The dancing and choreography of the show were incredible and I loved it from start to finish.








Wicked - Apollo Victoria
This show never fails to amaze me with the talent of the cast it was a birthday trip for my good friend but we left in awe of the whole show. If you haven't seen it add it to your list for 2018.



42nd Street - Theatre Royal Drury Lane 
Earlier in the year my love for this show began, we were lucky to see the show a few days after it had opened. I've never seen such energy from an audience so early in a show. The talent of the whole cast is incredible and I promise you will leave wanting to dance through Covent Garden after.





Aladdin - Prince Edward Theatre
I was lucky to make it along to see Aladdin again earlier in the year. I love this show everything from start to finish with the cast, set and the music is just great to watch. If you haven't seen it before then it's another one high up my list of shows to recommend to see.

Footloose the Musical - Richmond Theatre
This was the start of a few dates for me for this tour. The show was just as good and I could quite happily sit there and watch the show all day. It was great to see it back in Richmond. The theatre itself is lovely and always lovely to visit for different shows.







Westend Live 2017
June came around and it was back to watch live performances that are put on every year. This year there was a great selection of shows ranging from Wicked to Dream Girls and many more. This is always a theatre highlight for the year and a great day out as well.



DreamGirls - Savoy Theatre 
This is one show I've been wanting to see for a long time and it really didn't disappoint. The Savoy theatre is amazing in itself for visiting. I was lucky to catch Marisha Wallace on playing Effie and she was incredible. Her version of And I am Telling you was stunning and bought a lot of people up for a standing ovation which was very well deserved.





Footloose the musical - The Peacock Theatre
Next up was one I'd been looking forward to all year. Footloose finally came back to the Westend. Even though it was only for a few weeks it was still a lot of fun and I wish it could have been for longer.



Flashdance tour - Wimbledon
Next up came the start of a few dates on the Flashdance tour. This show is brilliant from start to finish and I promise you after adding it to your iTunes you will be singing it for weeks to come. If you love the film and 80s music this is for you. Both Ben and Joanne smash their roles and make the show what it is.





An Evening with Kristina Rihanoff and Tristan MacManus from Strictly Come Dancing
This show was a lot of fun to go to. Presented by Mark Read it was a mixture of some amazing dancing and singing which was enjoyable for all that attended. The date I went to was pretty much sold out and in a lovely venue.



Flashdance Tour Liverpool
Next up was a trip up north to see Flashdance. The theatre in Liverpool is one of my favourites to visit for tours and have always loved the shows Ive seen there. The show itself had a great atmosphere for a Saturday evening. The storm outside didn't stop anyone having a great time.






Kinky Boots - Adelphi Theatre 
I loved this show from the start. It made a great girls night out as we'd all been waiting to see it for a long time. We were lucky to get some great seats in the stalls on a time out offer. The show was a lot of fun and I can't wait to see it again soon.


Matthew Bournes Cinderella - Sadlers Wells
Tonight its my last show visit of the year. Every Year I always wonder how the previous one will be beaten but it never fails to amaze me how incredible these shows are. I will have a review up a bit later on








Thanks for checking this review of the year out everyone
I hope you have a great New Year 

Love Holly 
x

Friday, 17 November 2017

Kinky Boots London - November 15th 17

Hey Guys, 

Hope you've all had a great week

On Wednesday I finally got a chance to see Kinky Boots here in the Westend. It's been on my list for such a long time and it really lived up to everything I'd heard about the show.
It was a great girls night out, we'd booked tickets on a deal from Time Out and even though they were stated as Restricted view with a slight over hang from the balcony we still had a great view. 
Its been a while since I've been to the Adelphi Theatre but it's always a great theatre to visit. The seats are comfy and for the tall ones among us theres great leg room as well. The theatre is a short walk from Charing Cross station further along The Strand.

The show itself is just brilliant from start to finish. Set to the music written by Cyndi Lauper it tells the story of Charlie who inherits a shoe factory from his father and after struggling to find a niche for selling shoes when the factory struggles he forms a friendship with cabaret performer Lola. Together they develop a range of shoes to be showcased in Milan and learn lessons from each other along the way.

This show is definitely one to add to your list when looking for a show in the Westend 

Have a great rest of the week

Love Holly 


Rachel Tucker - Shoreditch Town Hall

Hey Everyone,
Tonight the incredible Rachel Tucker takes to the stage tonight at incredible Shoreditch Town Hall in East London.
Joined by a nine piece band and a choir of fifty up and coming child stars from the Stagebox Musical Theatre Choir this show is one not to be missed. 
Rachel's latest album 'On The Road' is being released on new remastered deluxe online edition to coincide with the show on iTunes on November 16th 

Have a great rest of the week

Love Holly 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Flashdance tour 2017 - Wimbledon

Hey Guys,

Hope everyone's good and you've all had a great few weeks.

Well today finally arrived it's been in the diary for a long time

It's Stop one for me on the Flashdance Uk tour which this week 2nd/7th Oct is currently back in London at the New Wimbledon theatre.

If you've not seen the film or have the soundtrack please go and get a copy and get yourselves ready for an incredible evening.


If you are a fan of the 80s this show is for you Ben Adams (from a1) and Joanne Clifton (from Strictly Come Dancing) are incredible. I could have easily given the show it's 5stars in the first half for it's energy but the second half it smashed it. 

Joanne is perfect for the role of Alex and her voice is just amazing. I'd be first in the queue for a cast recording with the cast for this show and I'm sure a long line behind me. Ben plays the role of Nick really well and does it complete justice. 

The show itself works so well with the changing of the sets to the costumes and to well some of the most iconic 80s song everyone knows and loves. I promise you that you will leave singing What a Feeling after a great evening. No spoilers for those who haven't been but the end of the show will leave you loving the 80s 


I can't wait to see the show again in a few weeks when it gets to Liverpool. Have to say I'll happily start a campaign for it's return to the Westend as well.

Have a great rest of the week
Love Holly
X

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Footloose returns to the Westend

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you've all had a great week

So this week my favourite theatre show made a return to the WestEnd and of course I popped along to watch it.

I've seen the show many times both on tour and also on both its runs in the WestEnd but I've waited a long time for it to make a return for a stay in London.

This was my first visit to the Peacock Theatre and it was lovely, all the staff were great and the theatre itself I really felt suited the show. The theatre is a short walk from Holborn and also Charing Cross stations.
Bit of Footloose history Its first WestEnd run was just around the corner where Mamma Mia is now at the Novello Theatre.


The show was 5star from start to finish the whole cast on this tour are all incredible - playing instruments, singing, dancing, acting also in some cases even roller skating whilst doing the above I literally take my hat off to all of them for an incredible show. The energy from the show I saw on my visit to Wimbledon earlier this year is still there but there is something special having it back in London.

I really hope this can be a longer stint as its long over due a run back in London especially with this amazing cast.

The show is running till 30th Sept so make sure you grab a ticket and check it out - I know i'll be back in before it finishes




Have a great rest of the week 

Love Holly 
x

This blog is also featuring on my blog on www.hollyb83.com

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

DreamGirls London

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you are all well and managed to escape the rain which just didn't let up today in the UK

So tonight I finally got the chance to see Dreamgirls. I know it's been a long time coming but was totally worth the wait. 

After having a look on some last minute deals that popped on my email I found a great seat on a deal on Amazon Tickets. I couldn't fault the view it said slightly restricted but it barely was. 

I've had this show on my list for a while and after seeing the incredible cast at this years West End Live knew it was on my radar to visit this summer.

After literally swimming to the theatre after picking up some food nearby I arrived to find a steady queue for the box office. If you haven't been to The Savoy theatre they've got some building works going on so there isn't much space to enter if you are picking up tickets or need to buy from the box office especially if its near show time. The theatre is a short walk from both Charing Cross and Covent Garden stations.

I can't fault the staff for how quick and professionally they got the queue in and sorted especially during the down pour that still hadn't given up outside.

There are various merchandise points round the theatre and a bonus i noticed a cloakroom which was great to see especially if you've been shopping or wanted to offload any wet coats if you'd been out in town today.

Its been a few years since my last visit to The Savoy Theatre but it was lovely to see all the art deco theme that runs in the theatre. I've seen a few shows here now and have always loved it.

On to the show

From the start of the show the atmosphere in the audience was brilliant. Everyone was singing along and having a great time. 
I loved the set changes to give you the idea you were watching from the stage or watching behind the scenes. Very simple but very clever. 

I am literally in complete awe for the whole casts vocals tonight but I have to give credit to Marisha Wallace for completely bringing down the house with her vocals on "And I am Telling You" Its great to see a standing ovation in the first half and for the power that went into that performance it was totally deserved.

If you are in town over the holidays I have to add this to my list of show recommendations to see. 

Hope you all have a great rest of the week

Love Holly 

x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Westend Live 2017

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you've all had a great week. 
Its that time of year when its time to head for a theatre themed day out in Trafalgar Square in London and WestEnd Live. 
Each year the show gets more popular and this years queues were no different. Each year all the show in town get together and put on free performances for everyone. 
Its also become and annual thing of what do you bring with you Sunglasses or a rain jacket. After the heat of this year you would expect just sunglasses but the rain did make a show for us today which luckily wasn't too bad and didn't spoil any fun.

The square as always was packed out and an incredible atmosphere. Some of my favourite performances today included Aladdin, Wicked, 42nd Street, Mamma Mia and Thriller. 




Heres some of my favourite photos from todays outing

Love Holly 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Flashdance UK Tour 17/18

Flashdance UK Tour 2017/18

Starring Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams

Returning to the UK since in Westend run back in 2011 the tour will be heading to all different venues around the country,

Starring Joanne Clifton (BBCs Strictly Come Dancing and Thoroughly Modern Millie) and hit singer and Song Writer Ben Adams from boyband a1 the show promises to be a good one.

Joanne returns to the stage after a successful time on Strictly and in other shows. She now takes on the role of Alex Owens in the new tour.

Joining her is Ben Adams who takes on the role of Nick Hurley. Ben has an incredible set of credits to his name including being part of hit boy band a1, writing and producing and most recently heading straight to the top of the album charts with his classical album One Beautiful Mourning. His first solo album will be launched early 2018.

Flashdance follows the story of Alex who is a welder by day and a Flashdancer by night. She dreams of attending the Shipley Dance academy and becoming a professional dancer.
When romance complicates her goals, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

Alongside hits such as Shes a Maniac and the hit tune What a Feeling this a show not to be missed.


For more details check out www.flashdanceuktour.co.uk

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Footloose Tour 2017

Hey Guys, 

Hope you are all good. 
So last night I went off to Richmond to see the first night of the Richmond leg of the Footloose tour. For those who don't know its my favourite show and I'll happily take any chance I can to see the show.

Lets start off with the Richmond theatre, this was my second visit here to see a show after the Saturday night fever tour a few years ago. The theatre itself is stunning, the bar areas are lovely to visit and when your an avid theatre goer like myself to have ample leg room between the seats when you are tall is always a great bonus. I have to make a mention that every member of staff I spoke to last night was lovely and a joy to talk to when sorting things out for us.

The show itself was great, there had been a few changes made since the tour last year. All I think worked really well. This years cast are also all amazing and from the vocals, the instrument playing to the dancing it was a show full of amazing energy from start to finish. 

I have to give complete credit to the whole cast for being able to play the instruments, sing and also in some cases roller skate as well. I can barely stay up on skates.

The costumes all fitted perfectly and were all perfectly 80's.
I've always loved the encore after the show and this always leaves you dancing away at the end of the show.
With a classic sound track including Lets hear it for the Boy, Holding out for a hero and of course Footloose you will always have a great reason to sing and dance along.

The show sticks very close to the film and the references are there with a lot of nostalgia although I would somehow like to see the yellow beetle make an appearance some day and like to see the Dance Your ass off top come back but everything just works so well how its done now.

Like I mentioned in my blog from last nights show on my own blog Hollyb83.com to see some of my own thoughts from last night. 
I do get asked if I've seen the show before and always make people laugh when my answer is on which run.

One day I'd love to make my Footloose wish come true for this show and have a look at the set and see how its all put together but for now you'll catch me on some more of the dates coming up later in the year. 

Have an amazing time if you see the show
Do let me know if you've seen it and your thoughts in the comments section 

Have a great rest of the week

Love Holly 
x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Golden Days - the long awaited second album from Kerry Ellis and Brian May

Hey Everyone, 

It's time for the long awaited release of the second studio album from Kerry Ellis and Brian May. It follows on from the 2010 release of ' Anthems ' and this new release features 13 songs 5 of which are brand new and I can safely say are all amazing to listen to. 

I've been a big fan of Kerry for many years and have been really looking forward to the release of this album I am also hoping a tour follows as it will be really good to hear this all live. 

Here is the track listing for the album which is only a few days away for release.

Brian May + Kerry Ellis – GOLDEN DAYS
(Sony Music Entertainment, 7 April 2017)

1. Love In A Rainbow (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)
2. Roll With You (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)
3. Golden Days (Brian May)
4. It's Gonna Be All Right (The Panic Attack Song) (Brian May)
5. Amazing Grace (John Newton, Trad. Arr, Brian May)
6. One Voice (Ruth Moody)
7. If I Loved You (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
8. Born Free (John Barry, Don Black)
9. Parisienne Walkways (Phil Lynott, Gary Moore)
10. I Who Have Nothing (Carlo Donida, Mogol, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
11. The Kissing Me Song (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)
12. Story Of A Heart (Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson)
13. Can't Help Falling In Love (Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George, David Weiss)  

After having a listen to the tracks my top 3 so far are 

Love In a Rainbow, Born Free and Can't Help Falling in Love. Whilst all the songs have been on repeat these ones have really stuck out for me. 

You can see the magic of their working partnership in this new music and I look forward to many more to come. 

Let me know what you think when you've had a listen 

Have a great rest of the week 

Love Holly 
x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

42nd Street

Friday 24th March
Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Hey Guys,
Welcome to my review on 42nd Street, I have to say since I knew I was going to the show for a family night out I've been very excited after hearing amazing things on how good this show is and trust me nothing disappointed.

Now I love dance and choreography and managed to resist watching more on You Tube but knew the dancing in the show was something that just had to be seen.

The show had only been open a few days but the energy from the opening number and the cheer that followed had me captured. As the show continued each number had exceptional choreography and all the dancers of the incredible cast were amazing.

The costumes in each part of the show were incredible. The design work that has gone into the costumes I think made the dance scenes that more special.

I had many favourite parts of the show so choosing my favourite is actually hard.
I think my top two would be the choreography when the mirror raises above the dances and the finale.
The energy every single member of the cast had was outstanding for this.

I think by the time the first half had finished I wanted to rate the show 5 stars. It's not often I've decided I want to book again by the interval but I could happily watch this and it's totally makes you want to take up tap dancing.

Having spoken to a great member of staff on my way out of the show I am actually in awe of how good everyone was with 4 weeks of dance rehearsals. You really have to see it to believe how good everyone is.

It was really nice to be back in this theatre.  This has always been one of my favourite to come to and I think after doing the tour earlier in the year of behind the scenes it was great to see a new show here.

If you are a theatre merchandise collector like me I was really impressed with the selection they had on offer so early in the run.

I will definitely be looking into a return visit as soon as possible and put 42nd Street on the top of my recommendations list for West End Shows for 2017 at the moment.

Let me know your thoughts when you've been

Have a good rest of the week

Love Holly
X

This review is also running on HolB83 Adventures http://holb83adventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 3 March 2017

Kerry Ellis and Brian May New Album Golden Days

Hey Everyone 

Well here is another album announcement I personally am very happy about. 

Kerry Ellis and Brian May have announced the release of their second studio album together called Glory Days.

Their first collaboration together Anthems was released in 2011 and gave them massive success touring together round the UK and Europe. Featuring some incredible rock versions on this new album I think it will be an incredible success and am eagerly awaiting my chance to listen to it.

This album will include some new rock arrangements of their favourite songs and some new reinterpretations of the songs that have become a great part of their performances together.

Don't forget to get a preorder done and let us know what you think of the album when its released 

Love Holly x

Dream Girls Cast Recording

Hey Everyone 

Well the news has finally come. 

The incredible cast of the hit West End show Dream Girls are releasing a cast recording. 
The Soundtrack which was recorded live a few weeks ago here in London at the Savoy theatre is due for release in Mid April but you can preorder already on Amazon. ( yes I've put a pre order in for my copy am very excited to get this)

Featuring an incredible cast on the soundtrack along with Amber Riley playing Effie White - I personally am looking forward to hearing "And I am telling you" and "One Night only" which have always been my personal favourite songs on the sound track. the soundtrack itself is produced by Henry Krieger and mixed by Andy Bradfield. 

Dream Girls opened at the Savoy Theatre in London in December to rave reviews and is currently booking through October 2017.

If your a fan of the show don't forget to check out whats going on by checking out http://www.dreamgirlswestend.com for all the news on the show

also for social media fans check out 

Twitter  – @DreamgirlsLDN
Facebook page – DreamgirlsLDN
Instagram account – DreamgirlsLDN
Hashtag - #DreamgirlsLDN


This is on the list for a visit to review, do let us know if you have been to see it and what you thought 

Love Holly x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Behind the Scenes at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Hey Everyone, 

Happy 2017       

Thought i'd tell you about my adventures behind the scenes at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London.
I'm a big fan of the show and have been lucky to have seen it a couple of times on the run in London. Its been in my mind for a long time to do this backstage tour and with the show ending this weekend and for a birthday treat I thought now was the time.
After a quick pitstop for breakfast before we went to the theatre my brother n I made our way to the foyer where we were met and given our tickets by the box office and waited for our guide. 
We didn't have to wait long and we were lucky to have a small group of four of us to start the tour. 

Our guide started off with some amazing history of the theatre telling us about different things that had happened through the years and also some great facts about the design of the theatre and its restoration work as well.
We then made our way through the corridors towards the Royal Box and the private rooms that are next to it. The view from this box in the auditorium was incredible. We were lucky to see the sets and scenery being tested for the afternoon show. For those who have seen the show it has some incredible stage sets but to see how far back the stage goes was pretty incredible.
We then had a great view from the first balcony and heard some history about the ghosts of the theatre as well. Luckily none came out to see us whilst we were walking round.
I did note this theatre was the only one I've seen that had boxes at the back of the balcony to which the view was brilliant.

We then saw some more areas behind the balcony which had a small selection of pictures of stars that had performed on the stage there. After this it was then time to head backstage.
We were lucky because of the small group to then see the area under the stage. This was something that was actually incredible to see. The amount of mechanics that control everything is not something you would think about whilst watching the show but it was really interesting to see.
We then had a quick look at parts of the foundations of the theatre that survived the war and were preserved. The theatre itself is huge so navigating round it especially backstage is something I commend the whole crew for.

I had no idea what to expect from this but we were both really surprised and so impressed with what we saw and also learnt.
If your a fan of theatre I completely recommend checking out booking one of these tours either at the Theatre Royal or at the London Palladium (which is next on my list) 
check out the link here 
http://www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk/specials-vip-hospitality/offers/tours

Hope you all have an amazing rest of the week

Love Holly x