Last night (4th October 2015) the third annual West End Heroes concert took place at the Dominion Theatre, showcasing the cream of London’s musical theatre blended with the musical talents of our British armed services in aid of charity Help for Heroes.
Military bands, including the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, The Royal Air Force Squadronaires and The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth, came together alongside The Royal Marines Corps of Drums, smash hit musicals Memphis, Phantom of the Opera and Elf, military choirs, dance troupes, familiar West End faces and even Britain’s Got Talent’s magician extraordinaire Jamie Raven, to put on an unforgettable show for a very worthy cause.
Commanding the stage with his animated presence peppered with innuendo, Biggins was the perfect host, raising a smile with every joke and earning harmonious applause as he flew in dressed as an oversized candelabra in the act one finale.
Highlights of the evening included Maurillia Simpson’s rendition of His Eye is on the Sparrow from The Two Worlds of Charlie F, after which there was not a dry eye in the house as she provided a moving and personal reminder of the evening’s purpose. Other stars of the night included Abigail Rose of The National Youth Theatre who sang Nightporter from the NYT REP Company’s 2013 production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Phantom of the Opera performed by John Owen-Jones and Celinde Schoenmaker, the fantastic Rachel John and her rendition of Colored Woman from the musical Memphis, and a triumphant presentation of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody from the musical We Will Rock You, performed by the talented El Ocho group.
The world-class talent raised the roof of the Dominion Theatre in a glittering evening of musical performance that I hope supported the worthy cause as much as it entertained.
Images: Claire Bilyard