REVIEW: Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, Lyric Theatre (2021)

"No Woman No Cry" sees Gabrielle Brooks perform a real show stopper and in the splendid final songs is "Redemption Song", the inspirational words of which the audience know "the songs of freedom" with its contrasting folk-based rhythm. The gentle "Three Little Birds" follows with "every little thing gonna be alright" and its "don't worry" message .  "One Love" calls for peace, unity and inclusion.  "Could You be Loved" has a magical and irresistible vibe.  To close is the title song of the show Get Up Stand Up!   and yes we got up and stood up as I suspect they will every night for some years to come.

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Layton Williams (Photo: Bonnie Britain)

REVIEW: West End Musical Celebration, Palace Theatre (2021)

Everyone's favourite is the first black Billy Elliot, and take over lead in Everybody's Talking about Jamie, which has just clocked up its 1000th performance.  Layton Williams charms with "Sex is in the Heel" from Kinky Boots with a fabulous dance number showing off his high energy, suggestive physical talent. 

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Oliver Ormson as Rob (centre) and company of High Fidelity - Photo: Mark Senior

REVIEW: High Fidelity, The Turbine Theatre (2019)

I'd happily go to see High Fidelity again. Oliver Ormson can act as well as sing and Shanay Holmes's clear voice is a dream for Laura's sweet nature. Robert Tripolino's Maharishi influenced character is the one we love to hate. The songs are tuneful, poppy and witty and the whole show colourful and well choreographed by the director Tom Jackson Greaves.

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