When you think of West End stalwarts, it’s safe to say that Sharon D Clarke would appear on a lot of people’s lists. Having starred in musicals such as We Will Rock You, Ghost, Hairspray, Caroline or Change and Once on this Island, it’s safe to say that at some point or another at lot of us have enjoyed at least one of her powerhouse performances. More recently she performed a stunning rendition of ‘At Last’ for the BBC’s VE Day celebration.
Clarke really thought out the set list of songs for this concert, some to help us reflect on the times we’re currently enduring and other to cheer us up and make us forget – but each one had her take on it. It was a perfect balance, especially with the tales she would regale us with. From being mistaken as Whoopi Goldberg, to holidays and anecdotes involving her and her wife, it would be hard to be bored with anything Clarke does.
We may be over 6 months into this pandemic, but I’m not sure we’ll ever get used to seeing just one performer and musician (Mark Dickman) on stage for such events. However, these two work extremely well together, creating arrangements together and bringing the best out of each other and I’d happily pay for a ticket to see a full show from the pair of them. Clarke’s vocals really complemented Dickman’s piano.
I hope there are plenty more opportunities to witness Sharon D Clarke’s greatness, as this concert definitely left me eager for more and I was genuinely disappointed when it was over!
Tonight at the London Coliseum continues online each Friday until the 23rd October. For full details of upcoming artists appearing and tickets go to https://www.stream.theatre/home
Reviewer: Jenn McKean
Reviewed: 18th September 2020
North West End UK Rating: ★★★★