Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Kerry Ellis- Hippodrome Casino

This week I was back in my favourite city, seeing one of my favourite performers - Kerry Ellis - smash the first of a string of 6 nights at the Hippodrome Casino's Matcham room.

The Matcham room  is such a gorgeous, intimate venue. Table seating and mood lighting made for a very relaxed atmosphere and the staff were all super friendly. It's the perfect place to host an event like this. 

Supported by singers Jennifer Tierney and Caroline Deverill - who were amazing in their own right - Kerry took to the stage and opened with the popular Adele hit 'Rolling In The Deep'. This was a great crowd pleaser and  set the tone for the rest of the night. 

We were then treated to a whirlwind musical tour of Kerry's career, when she performed songs from shows that had - as she put it -'changed her life'.

These included 'Who Will Buy' from Oliver, where she told the audience how thrilled she was to play such an iconic role. 'I Could Have Danced All Night' from My Fair Lady, and - one of my personal favourites - ' I Dreamed a Dream' from Les Mis. 

The highlight of the evening for me was definitely the Katy Perry medley of 'Teenage Dream' and 'The One That Got Away'. Kerry added such a soulful sound to what is normally a pop style song and really made it her own. 

Each night audiences are treated to a guest performer. For the opening night we had the band 'Woman'. I hadn't heard any of their material before but they were fab.  They performed 3 songs and were just bursting with energy that had the full room clapping along. Check them out here.

Kerry gave credit to Wicked for helping to kick start her EP and in turn her album, and performed a beautiful arrangement of 'Defying Gravity'. 

One of the last songs was 'Edge of Glory', which was a great upbeat sound to round off the night. Kerry seemed so appreciative of everyone involved and could not praise her band and her musical director Craig Adams more. 

It was a truly fantastic night and I urge you to try and grab the last remaining tickets!  

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