Alright. I’ll admit it. I’m a HUGE musical theatre nerd. There’s something about the swelling sounds of a great musical score that fills me with joy. The Music of the Night presented by Spears Entertainment indulged my love of all things spectacular with their tribute to the music of legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The 9-piece ensemble cast (plus a very special guest star) sang through the large and often eclectic work of Lloyd Webber with a few oddballs and unexpected tunes amongst the classics you would expect.
The show opened with Raphael Wong, whose hauntingly beautiful rendition of 'The Music of the Night' was the perfect start to the show and an indication of the exceptional level of talent on stage. It’s difficult to choose a standout performer as this was truly an ensemble piece of the highest calibre. Genevieve Kingsford’s performance of 'Think of Me' was stunning, her crystal-clear soprano taking control of the famously difficult piece.
Despite my bias to the musical tragedy that is CATS, I have to admit the two pieces chosen to be performed were done exceptionally well. Bianca Bruce and Christopher Scalzo brought the cheeky fun back to 'Macavity' and was a highlight of the performance for me.
But of course, it was superstar Debra Byrne who brought the house down, first with her performance of 'Just One Look' from Sunset Boulevard and secondly with the now infamous 'Memory'. Byrne proved her talent and acting chops were as brilliant as ever and I felt truly honoured to be in the presence of Australian Theatre Royalty.
What I found most wonderful was that despite Byrne’s star power and star presence it didn’t detract from the other brilliant performers on stage. Caitlin Spears, who produces the show as well as stars in it has created an incredible production that showcases the wealth of talent we have in Australia. From difficult harmonies, to the biggest songs in showbiz, each and every performer was engaging, clear and downright divine to watch.
Joined by Gary Norman on guitar, Nathan Post on bass and John Clark on percussion, musical director Stephen Gray made the impossible scores of Lloyd Webber look effortless. Directed by Theresa Borg, The Music of the Night is a sensational evening of showtunes that will leave you in awe of the talent we have in our own backyard.
Spears Entertainment presents
The Music of the Night
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Director Theresa Borg
Venue: Chapel off Chapel | Little Chapel Street Prahran VIC
Dates: 12 – 16 May 2021
Tickets: $55 – $50