Wednesday, September 28

Tag: Bridgewater Hall

Lea Salonga: Dream Again – Bridgewater Hall
North West

Lea Salonga: Dream Again – Bridgewater Hall

Dream Again. That was the invitation from Lea Salonga as she opened her show tonight at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. We have all been limited for the last two years in what we have been able to do, and now it is time for us all to Dream Again about what comes next. Using Ms Salonga’s own words, this concert tour is a time to enjoy the gift of music, a recognition of our collective perseverance and resilience, and a celebration of joy; joy which was clear from the moment Ms Salonga stepped onto the stage. When I saw her first UK tour in 2019, I was surprised by the diversity of music in her show. But not this time! One of the things I love about Ms Salonga as an artist is that she is never constrained by the concept of genre. Instead, she moves naturally between musical theatre n...
Giovanni Pernice: This is Me – Bridgewater Hall
North West

Giovanni Pernice: This is Me – Bridgewater Hall

For those who are not well versed in the Strictly Come Dancing universe, Giovanni Pernice is one of the most loved professional dancers on the BBC show, having started his Strictly journey in 2015 and only last year managing to win the series with Strictly’s first ever deaf contestant, Rose Ayling-Ellis. Giovanni has long been a programme and an audience favourite, with his suave good looks, his sensual dance moves, and his Italian cheeky-chappy persona. With all this in mind, I was under no illusions that Giovanni, a natural-born performer, would put on a great show - and oh, he did.  From the beginning I did question the choice of venue for this production - I didn’t feel the Bridgewater Hall was able to contain the amount of energy and exuberance that a show like this would ...
Kevin Clifton: Burn the Floor – Bridgewater Hall
North West

Kevin Clifton: Burn the Floor – Bridgewater Hall

On a wet and windy night in Manchester, former Strictly Come Dancing champion Kevin Clifton is trying to raise the temperature with the delayed revival of Ballroom dancing phenomenon, Burn the Floor. The show is a riotous celebration of dance, fusing traditional waltzes with fiery Latin Tangos; Quicksteps and Rumbas and some good old Rock and Roll to boot. It’s been a two-year wait for tonight’s performance – with Clifton joking at what proved an ill-timed decision for him to quit Strictly for a life in the theatre, just weeks before stages went dark and Covid stole the spotlight. But the show itself has been thrilling audiences for longer than some of tonight’s dancers have been alive, conceived 25 years ago at a birthday bash for Elton John. There’s a slightly contrived star...