Musical sensation Philip Gould will be entertaining in Gladstone for Showstoppers on Tuesday, August 20. Photo Contributed
Musical sensation Philip Gould will be entertaining in Gladstone for Showstoppers on Tuesday, August 20. Photo Contributed Contributed

Popular broadway hits resonate from Showstoppers ensemble

FROM Cats to Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, 42nd Street and Evita - songs from some of the greatest musicals performed on the West End stage of London resonated from the Gladstone Entertainment Centre marquee.

While a majority over 50s audience gathered to listen to the powerful vocals of the cast of Showstoppers of London's Westend on Monday, a few younger faces were scattered in the audience.

The performance was a flowing combination of all the musical favourites narrated by seasoned professional Philip Wheeldon.

Staring alongside Philip were Australia's West End star Philip Gould and award winning graduate from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts Michelle Fitzmaurice.

Together the trio harmonised with strong vocals, sweeping the audience away to another world of mystical musical magic.

Performing songs from The Boyfriend - a 1920s musical that turned Julie Andrews into an overnight sensation - the cast could not help but dazzle the crowd.

And the stars ability to change musical genres was nothing short of remarkable.

While audience participation did not take off to the best start, it wasn't long before a little more enthusiasm rose.

Then as Philip burst into song with On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady, immediate wonder filled the marquee.

Towards the end Michelle eloquently, yet powerfully broke into one of Cats most stunning pieces - Memory. 

The song highlighted the star's strong opera talent.

And while it was difficult to choose a favourite, Evita's Don't Cry for Me Argentina sent chills down spine.

For some of the oldies, the noise -noticeable through the high notes - caused a small ache to the eardrums.

There was no doubt these professionals were gifted but whether the audience thoroughly loved it would remain a mystery.

For myself - growing up with a musical brother - listening to the familiar broadway hits was quite simply… delightful music to my ears.



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