The West End Musical Drive-In series took place over the late summer 2020, from the team that brought us West End Musical Brunch, to bring some live music from the West End theatre stars to the fans in times where the theatres were closed, and social distancing was a must. They took place in a large open space in outer London where a large stage was set up and the ‘seating area’ was marked out, some spaces where people who do not drive can bring a chair and see the show or you could drive in and watch from your car in your allocated space. Luckily for the people who were unable to see the Drive-In series or who want to relive the experience, it was recorded and can now be bought to stream in your own home.
The second in the series involve numerous current and past cast members from the musical SIX. This was a perfect opportunity for these incredible ladies to showcase their talents with an array of songs from all over, pop, soul, musical theatre, there is something for everyone.
The show is opened and compered by the incredible Grace Mouat. Mouat is such a natural entertainer, introducing the acts while getting the audience hyped up and keeping everything ticking along. As well as this she delivers some incredible vocals, including a perfect version of ‘How far I’ll go’ from Moana.
Act One was quite a relaxed act with many solos and ballads whereas Act Two was more upbeat, more of a party feel.
The rest of the cast were made up of Jarneia Richard-Noel, Maddie Bullyment, Courtney Bowman, Natalie May Paris, Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs and Shakinah McFarlane. Vicki Manser, Courtney Stapleton, and Collette Guitart perform as soloist but also as their band, Virgo.
A couple of standout performances were ‘Rose’s Turn’ by McFarlane, ‘Beautiful’ by Manser and ‘River Deep Mountain High’ by Bowman.
Virgo performed a mini set in the first Act that included a mix of ‘Burlesque’ and ‘Lady Marmalade’ which included the most insane vocals, harmonies, and fantastic choreography.
Everyone gave great performances, but the show was completely stolen by Richard-Noel’s version of ‘I am changing.’ Such strong vocals and completely blew my mind.
This is a thoroughly entertaining, joyful concert that brings a little light musical relief in tough times. https://www.westendmusicaldrivein.co.uk/
Reviewer: Damian Riverol
Reviewed: 26th February 2021
North West End UK Rating: ★★★