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« on: September 08, 2011, 10:26:11 AM »

Musical Show Stoppers - 23 March 2007


Featuring:
Alex Sharpe
Mary Carewe
Peter Corry
Conductor: Gareth Hudson

(Came across this review with beautiful words for Alex so i wanted to share it with you)

Yes, yesterday it was time for the Musical Show Stoppers Concert, with these wonderful West End performers!
Unfortunately they didn't even have a programme, only some little leaflet with information on the performers ... so this cannot be a complete review, as I have no way of remembering all the songs they performed. I will however try to say something about the highlights of the show!

This time it was performed with a different orchestra than I'm used to, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, they were very good indeed, with a lot of instruments I don't even know the name of! Smiley
The three performers were all absolutely fantastic, they started with some "Musical Show Stoppers" (suitable, huh?) song ... I never really figured out the song nor the musical, but it was a great introduction to the evening!
Peter Corry moved on to singing "Hello Young Lovers" from The King And I, which really was a bit unfortunate for me ... Philip Quast - my number one hero when it comes to musicals Smiley - sings that song on his album "Live At The Donmar", they had re-arranged it now, modernized it, and it really wasn't near as good as on Philip's album. (I guess you simply can't love everything, right?)
After that, Peter and Alex Sharpe performed "Sun and Moon" from Miss Saigon, which was absolutely wonderful!! They did such an amazing job, and it's fantastic to see real actors, because they actually act out the song! This was really a concert - and the performers had very little space on stage to move around - but they truly did an act!! I think Peter Corry surprised everyone - including Alex Smiley - when he ended the song by kissing her!
I had even more memories of Philip Quast, when Peter Corry later on sang "Oh What A Circus" from Evita! I really, really wanted to see it again in London ... oh well ...
Mary Carewe did a marvellous job as well, mostly I remember her "As If We Never Say Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard and also songs like "Somewhere" (West Side Story) and "Broadway Baby".
Peter Corry did a song I had never heard before, called "The Impossible Dream" from The Man From La Mancha, which I really enjoyed ... wonder if that's avaliable on cd somewhere ....
The first half of the show ended with an amazing medley from Anything Goes, with all three performers ... fantastic!
During the second half we saw more amazing work, Alex Sharpe was astonishing in "Whistle Down the Wind" and "Take That Look Off Your Face" (from Tell Me On A Sunday)! Peter Corry performed "If I Can't Love Her" from Beauty And the Beast, the lovely duet "I Know Him So Well" from Chess, fantastic by both Alex Sharpe and Mary Carewe!!
Mary Carewe also sang "Defining Gravity" from Wicked, and it was terrific!! I have heard people saying that's a great song, and I can totally agree now! Makes me want to see Wicked when I'm in London next time too ... don't think it's on my "Musicals-must-see" list ... rather on my "Musicals-want-to-see" list! Smiley
Peter Corry and Mary Carewe did "All I Ask Of You" from Phantom of the Opera, which was really fantastic ... and in all fairness, Peter Corry ended that song with a kiss as well!
Toward the end of the second half came what I had been waiting for all night: Les Misérables. Mary Carewe did an introduction, saying it was "the most popular musical" (Guess that's true in the U.K. anyway!) and since both Alex Sharpe and Peter Corry had been performing in it, they were doing 'their' songs ....
Alex Sharpe in "On My Own" .... what can I say?!? From now on, she and Sabrina Aloueche are my TOP favoruites!! Alex had impressed me a lot throughout the entire evening, and this just placed her in the "sooo-near-perfect"-category! She was amazing!!!
Moving on to Peter Corry who were doing "Stars" ... and I was nervous!! "Stars" is my song from Les Misérables, I have a pretty strong view of what I like and don't like regarding how it is performed, and it is not pleasing to hear your favourite song performed badly ... I was on the edge of my seat when the orchestra started playing ... and then I nearly fell out of my seat!! He was SOOOOO GREAT!!! I think I pretty much just sat staring in awe .... I have to admit that nobody will ever come close to Philip Quast's Javert to me, and Michael McCarthy certainly isn't far behind, but this guy is definately my number three!! He did such an amazing job with it, and you could really tell he was making an effort! I can't say he completely transformed into Javert, but with regards to this being a concert, without staging or props or costume or makeup, he did a hell of a good job of it!!! I'm SO impressed!

After a great finale the performers were called in for an extra number ... but it was so rehearsed, I think you could really say that was the finale ... "Fame" from the musical with the same name!! It was simply fantastic, the performers gave it their all, and the audience were clapping along like crazy! Me being picky when it comes to things like this, have a bit of a point to make! I really would have loved it if either one of the performers or the conductor (probably the conductor!) would have indicated to the audience to clap during the instrumental parts and the refrain ... and then let the performers be heard properly when they sang individually ... but I guess I am being picky.
I can't help it though, I think that it is important to the people on stage to communicate with the audience in order for it to be as great a show as possible. I actually do have a great example of this from when I saw Guys & Dolls last week! During a solo song by Tommy Körberg, a saxophone player actually came out on stage to do a solo in the middle of the song! It was very effective since you normally don't see the orchestra. When he was done with his solo, Tommy was supposed to finish his song, but before doing that, he communicated with the audience, by looks and body-language, to applaude the saxophone-player in the middle of the song - so that he would be given credit for what he had just done.
I just love that sort of subte communication between on-and off stage! Smiley

Well, to conclude this "review" (I really wanted a programme in order to write a proper review ...), I have to say it was an amazing evening!! I know I have left out songs, and probably forgotten quite a few as well, but I can't go on writing here forever, now can I?! Wink
All three performers were very impressive, all in their own way actually! Mary Carewe had a very special style to her, and she fitted certain parts and songs amazingly well! Peter Corry had a lovely charisma, and just the fact that he pulled off "Stars" the way he did, gives him top marks in my book! Smiley Alex Sharpe was probably my favourite, when it comes to her singing and her voice, because you could clearly see a true talent you don't often come across in her!
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 03:02:51 PM »

Well I can even begin to imagine where you got that one Henny. Thanks. Lovely words for Alex as well as all of the performers. Lucky peter Corry  Shocked Shocked.
Again I will say, it is such a terrible shame we missed this remarkable woman's career thus far.  Cry
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 03:31:41 PM »

Hehe..Some sources are very reliable Dave to start with, the rest is just keep going and going Wink

It's nice to fill some little gaps in her career, getting more amazed about this woman every day, full of surprices and having a attitude like...''you find out yourself'' Cheesy Cheesy

Well Alex...we will Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 05:09:11 PM »

She is a mystery  wrapped in an enigma.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2011, 09:19:52 PM »

That last sentence he wrote sums it all up for many of us.
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2011, 08:21:06 PM »

What a lovely, lovely review.  Thanks for finding and posting that, Henny.  You may not be an elf detective but you certainly have a little Sherlock in you.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2011, 03:54:13 PM »

You find the most wonderful things Henny. Thanks for sharing this.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2011, 07:38:31 PM »

Judging from her latest FB post it appears she may be doing that show in Sweden in the months to come.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2011, 08:38:46 PM »

Judging from her latest FB post it appears she may be doing that show in Sweden in the months to come.
She is Scott.
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2011, 06:50:35 AM »

Alex said in her post on facebook that this event will be a kind of reunion with Mary Carewe and Peter Corry, again with all kinds of songs from the greatest musical productions ever like The beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, The Phantom and more.
In the previous edition Peter Corry had the day's of his life kissing both Mary and Alex ( lucky bast...)on stage in the acts of The Phantom and Miss Saigon and i'm sure he's hoping that the arrangements for this edition will be the same.
Either way i'm so happy for Alex that again she will shine before a live audience on stage, the place were she is born for.

I have met and worked with many both National and International performers in the studio's and on stage, names like Petula Clark, Phill Collins and Timothy Bruce Schmit (Eagles), very proud to have worked with and i have to be honest that they made my knees knocked shaking their hands but although never met or see her, Alex just touches my heart with something special that i just can't explain, it's like when lightning strikes you and leave a mark you will never forget. What i'm trying to explain is that not only celebrity names and artists will wobble your head and body. In my young day's(a few years ago) i was never interested in Irish music or performers, for me they all sounded like The Dublinners, songs for bars and screaming allong with your drunken head, i never new there was other music from that Isle. It was far more later that i realize there was something else, like Clanned, The Corrs, The Chieftains, U2 and more. And amongst all those big names stands a simple, down to earth little Irish girl 5.4 feet high you never heard off in the first place with a back-pack full of emotions, looks and charisma with a voice straight from Heaven having a huge impact in your life and has the abillity to chance that life forever.

Everyone of us has dreams in his/her life, wishing to come true and so have i. And untill that day may come i will continue to follow that tiny sparkling star even if it takes the rest of my life.

Bleeew...all getting mushy now.

A devoted follower.
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2011, 11:10:18 AM »

Well Henny... alright then. 
The only point I would disagree with is this. The  back-pack is more like a steamer trunk  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2011, 06:22:31 PM »

There are 7 billion people on the planet ... there is only ONE Alex Sharpe.

Henny, you dig for oil and strike diamonds! Thanks for sharing that review. I ache for missing that show. I wish that there was a time machine so ... wait a minute! Didn't they just clock a neutrino going faster than light speed? First stop out of the time machine is this show!

Seriously, the sincerity of the review is obvious. Alex absolutely re-defines every song she puts her performing passion into. My profound sympathies to any actress who is next to take a role Alex has had - the bar is set among the stars.

God bless.

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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2011, 10:57:40 PM »

What a lovely post, Henny. And how cool would it be if they decided to tour that show around a bit. Europe, Asia, the states? They would get a nice reception.
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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2011, 08:01:16 PM »

Guess who is going to Sweden to see Alex for the first time?   Shocked
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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2011, 11:04:46 PM »

Guess who is going to Sweden to see Alex for the first time?   Shocked
What dates? Can I stow away in your bag?
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