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Kerry Ellis - A Night in the West End at the Town Hall in Birmingham

REVIEW | A Night in the West End | Birmingham Town Hall

The Town Hall in Birmingham last night celebrated the best of the West End with leading lady herself Kerry Ellis.

The Let’s Singchoir alongside the English Pro Musica accompanied Kerry Ellis as she sang through her catalogue of show-stopping numbers.  The evening was conducted and compered by Artistic Director Matthew Hopkins who introduced each musical number with context about the show. The audience were treated to a mixture of orchestral medleys from musicals such as Lés Miserables, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady and more, plus performances from the Let’s Sing Choir as an ensemble in hits from The Lion King, The Sound of Music, Cabaret and Wicked.

Throughout the night, Kerry Ellis stepped on stage to perform her best-loved tracks. As the first-lady of the West End, Kerry has played numerous roles such as Fantine in Lés Mis, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Elphaba in Wicked. Alongside playing iconic roles, she has toured the world singing and released a multitude of albums.

She treated the audience to her stellar vocals performing numbers such as I Dreamed a Dream,Don’t Rain on My ParadeAnthemand Tell Me It’s Not True. A stand out moment in the show was her performance of Queen’s No One But You, a poignant number performed with such power. Kerry Ellis’ vocals appear effortless as she fills the Town Hall with the most breath-taking sound. 

A special moment was when member of the Let’s Sing Choir Emma Clift joined Kerry Ellis on stage to sing the famous duet from Wicked – For Good. Emma Clift displayed stunning vocals as she blended with Kerry Ellis’ voice to create a simply sublime sound. It was a really beautiful moment in the show that captured the heart of the song divinely. 

A Night In The West End kicks off a tremendous selection of shows at the Town Hall and Symphony Hall this season featuring some of the theatre’s greatest stars. With everyone from Alfie Boe, to Michael Ball, Lea Salonga and even Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, the West End is quite literally in the West Midlands this year. 

Find the full programme of shows this season at the Town Hall & Symphony Hall on their website.

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