Review: West End Musical Drive-In (3) (online)

Earlier this week it was announced that West End Musical Drive-In will return for live performances this April. But for those who can’t wait, they can relive last year’s concerts by streaming the series on stream.theatre. 

The third in the series, now available to watch online, has a particularly ‘Wicked’ theme, with the concert bringing together past and present cast members of West End hit musical. Performers include Alice Fearn, Laura Pick, Emma Hatton and Sophie Evans, while Shanay Holmes returns as host.

The typically British weather lives up to its reputation but thankfully the stars battle on to give exceptional performances and brighten up the dull day.  During the 105-minute show, they all take on a number of familiar songs from a range of musicals including Company, Fame, Frozen and, of course, Wicked.

Shanay Holmes is once again an enthusiastic host and it’s great to see just how supportive she is of her fellow performers. She kicks off the show with a great performance of The Sparkling Diamond from Moulin Rouge, and likewise impresses with her closing number One Night Only from Dreamgirls. 

Wicked has been playing in London’s West End since 2006 and over the years has gathered a huge following of fans. They’re in for a treat with this concert as they see songs from the musical performed in spectacular style. Sophie Adams lightens the mood with a rendition of Popular, and then teams up with Alice Fearn to deliver a beautiful performance of For Good. Emma Hatton elicits chills with No Good Deed, Carl Man joins current Elphaba Laura Pick for a duet of As Long As Your Mine, while Alice Fearn gives a truly incredible performance of Defying Gravity. 

But West End Musical Drive-In is not just for Wicked fans and is sure to appeal to all fans of musical theatre. Highlights from other shows include Emma Hatton’s performance of What Baking Can Do from Waitress, and Laura Pick’s stunning version of Somebody to Love from We Will Rock You. Alice Fearn, who up until lockdown was starring in Come From Away, also impressed with an amazing rendition of Being Alive from Company. 

As with previous streams sometimes the camera is so busy focusing on audience members that it misses the action on stage, but it’s easily forgiven when you remember that these concerts were never intended to be broadcast online. Plus it’s great to see audience members having a ball even in the wet weather. 

Once again West End Musical Drive-In is a hugely entertaining concert featuring some of the best talent in musical theatre. Each performer impresses hugely and showcases just why they’re deserved of a place on the West End stage. With an impressive line-up, a great variety of song choices and some incredible performances, West End Musical Drive-In is just what we need right now to lift our spirits, and is sure to leave us counting the days until 17 May when theatres can finally reopen their doors. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

For more information visit https://www.westendmusicaldrivein.co.uk

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