Jule Styne, Jerry Herman & Stephen Sondheim get a worthy lockdown tribute in Kings of Broadway 2020
“Knock-knock! Is anybody there?”
There certainly was a whole lot of people there as the online concert of Kings of Broadway 2020 in support of NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others brought a large dose of classic musical theatre back into our lives. Expertly marshaled by musical director and pianist Alex Parker, the choice to spotlight Black Lives Matter through a recital of Maya Angelou’s ‘And Still I Rise’ was a good one, even if it showed the relative caucasity of the main line up.
Michael Colbourne singing a split-screen trio of ‘You Could Drive A Person Crazy’ with different levels of beard was an absolute treat, Ramin Karimloo did his usual fab thing on ‘Being Alive’ and I adored Michael Xavier’s sensitive ‘I Won’t Send Roses’ (and his dog too). Samantha Spiro’s delicate ‘His Is The Only Music’ also impressed and Alex Young’s wry ‘Moments in the Woods’ made me wonder why she isn’t better know. Worth checking out.