Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ~ Malvern Cinemas

Star rating: ***

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was either going to sink or swim, here at Entertainment Views HQ we are huge fans of the original stage show and didn’t easily take to the first Mamma Mia! movie. In fact, given the choice I would still prefer to head to the West End to catch a live performance of the show inspired by the hits of Abba.

The movie grabbed my attention from the start and I couldn’t help smiling as we were transported back to Donna’s (Lily James played the younger version of the character) graduation. “I Kissed The Teacher” was the big opening number and aside from the energy and cheery vibes exuding from the screen, I was mostly delighted with Celia Imrie’s contribution as Vice Chancellor. There were plenty of exceptional comedy moments akin to Ms Imrie’s cameo appearance throughout the movie. Omid Djalili had some corking quips as a Greek Official at the port. Naturally there was also an abundance of comedy from Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya.

The story picks up a year after the death of Donna (we don’t find out why she passed away, Streep’s absence from the movie was palpable, though) and Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has completed the hotel build (Donna’s dream), with the help of Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and Sky (Dominic Cooper). There’s a gala opening planned and Sophie’s not only nervous about it, she’s also missing her mum terribly and Sky is in New York learning hotel management. Plus he’s been offered a job over there he’s keen to take. Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stellan Skargard) are both unable to attend the opening, although Rosie and Tanya are en route – hooray! The movie shows a series of flashbacks leading up to the conception of Sophie and synchronises beautifully with Sophie’s own life as she discovers she’s expecting a baby. She feels closer to her mum due to her having fallen pregnant on the same island. Although her mother is sadly missing from her life, her previously AWOL grandmother (Cher) makes an unannounced appearance on the island just in time for the party.

Unfortunately, the initial impact made by James when she sang and danced with her cohorts, young Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wynn) and young Rosie (Alexa Davies) diminished quickly. Her vocals were not strong enough to handle the notoriously technically difficult Abba numbers and I had trouble buying into her as a younger version of Streep. Whereas Wynn and Davies were a perfect match for Baranski and Walters and captured my imagination at every turn. The scene featuring a young Harry (Hugh Skinner) in a restaurant with young Donna which featured the hit song ‘Waterloo’ was cringe-worthy. Skinner appeared awkward as young Harry, throughout – of course the character has gawky tendencies anyway. However, for me it felt as though this role was not the right fit for Skinner.

On the positive side, Amanda Seyfried shone as Sophie, her vocals have improved in my humble opinion and she was by far one of the strongest singers. Walters and Baranski have lost none of their original chemistry and their rendition of ‘Angel Eyes’ is the highlight of the film, for me. It has to be seen to be believed! Dominic Cooper was also superb as Sky, the onscreen relationship with Seyfried is key and their romance is at the heart of the story, as before. Cher also adds some verve to proceedings, although her version of ‘Fernando’ was rather off-kilter.

I didn’t love this sequel, I missed Streep far too much and the fact that Donna has died didn’t sit right with me. It gave the opportunity for life after Donna to be explored and for her legacy to be continued, however she is an integral character in the Mamma Mia! story and the flashbacks failed to plug that notable gap. There was too little Streep (she does make an appearance, which makes her absence all the more difficult to bear), and too many songs repeated from the first movie, a selection of new ones would have been preferable. There are also a few plot holes, the flashbacks don’t always accurately match the story told in Donna’s diary. 

If you are looking for a feel-good film to take at face value and a good unashamed sing along – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again fits that bill. There are also many laugh-out-loud moments and you might spot one or two members of Abba, keep your eyes peeled!

Malvern Cinemas are showing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again until Thursday 2 August 2018, book here: Malvern Cinemas

Get your hands on the soundtrack to the movie, here:

Photo credits: Mamma Mia Movie website 

Mamma Mia ~ Novello Theatre, London

Star rating: *****

Approximately twenty to twenty one years ago, Donna Sheridan met three men within a short space of time and… dot dot dot! Mamma Mia remains as spectacular a West End hit as it has for the past nineteen years it’s been entertaining audiences of a wide age range. In fact with the show almost as old as Donna’s daughter, Sophie, it couldn’t have been a better time to revisit a show I’ve seen a grand total of six times, now.

Abba’s songs have always stood the test of time, if they hadn’t have successfully filtered through various decades the show wouldn’t have worked at all. The popular hits are surely one of the main draws to this particular musical, and nobody in the audience is out of place if they sing along! Unless they’re louder than the lead during a ballad of course!

The striking feature with this latest incarnation which has undergone a recent cast change is that I truly feel I have witnessed the best combination when it comes to casting for Donna, Tanya and Rosie. The chemistry between Sara Poyzer (Donna), Kate Graham (Tanya) and Ricky Butt (Rosie) was so unbelievably natural, infectious and gripping that it rivalled that of Streep/Baranski/Walters in the movie version. The trio were simply electric together and their delivery of such favourites as ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Super Trooper’ and the hilariously choreographed ‘Chiquitita’ was simply musical theatre magic at its best. While in previous trips to see the feel-good show I’ve always left the auditorium with a smile on my face and a spring in my step, I left reluctantly on this occasion as I had an over-riding feeling of desperately needing to see the show again… right there and then!

Of course, the triplet of triple threats were not alone in creating such an overwhelmingly engaging atmosphere, their male counterparts were equally talented super troopers. From Dean Read’s palpable love-struck Sam Carmichael to Neil Moors who was understated yet extremely likeable as the wannabe spontaneous Harry Bright to free spirited Aussie Bill Austin who is played with astonishing verve and impeccable comic timing, by Stephen Beckett. Add Georgia Louise to the mix as antsy bride-to-be, Sophie who’s seeking out her father so he can walk her down the aisle – Georgia gave a beautiful performance. Alec Porter was well cast too as her husband-to be, Sky, another triple threat to watch out for.

The set transports you to a Greek island quite effortlessly with simple, effective and practical staging, almost minimal which allows the sheer energy of the musical to take the limelight. There’s not one weak link in an ensemble who each characterise the roles they play, brilliantly. The orchestra were a joy to hear, powerful and a match for the fine vocalists who sing Abba’s technically stringent back-catalogue as if it’s second nature.

Do you need to be a fan of Abba to enjoy the twists, turns and laugh out loud comedy of this gleeful show? No! Even if you’re not a fan of Abba’s music, I wager that a trip to see Mamma Mia might just convert you.

Book your tickets now: Mamma Mia Tickets

 

Photo Credits: Brinkhoff/Mogenburg 

Mamma Mia ~ Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Mamma Mia stays at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre until 24th February, book your tickets here: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Box Office

Star rating: *****

Mamma Mia here I go again an it is glorious, I’m a huge fan of the show and indeed of Abba’s music and this exceptional piece of musical theatre ticks every box for me. It’s got a cast de force, a list of musical numbers which are instantly recognisable and have my feet tapping and lips synching. Plus with a basic set and a few trucks, we’re transported to Greece – what’s not to love? There’s eye-catching choreography which showcases a talented ensemble too.

The story follows a character called Sophie (played by the excellent triple threat, Lucy May Barker) who is on a mission to find her biological father having been raised by her mum, Donna (Helen Hobson). The reason for tracking down daddy? She’s getting married to the love of her life, Sky (Phillip Ryan) and wants the her father to walk her down the aisle. However, her mother’s diary from around the time of supposed conception cites that one of three men could be responsible for fathering the curious ‘child’. Therefore, Sophie resolves to invite Sam Carmichael (Jon Boydon), Harry Bright (Jamie Hogarth) and Bill Austin (Christopher Hollis) to her wedding in the hope of uncovering which one is the right candidate!

Cue much madcap hilarity as Sophie is reunited with her best friends and bridesmaids, Ali (Fia Houston-Hamilton) and Lisa (Blaise Colangelo) both of whom she reveals her plan to. Donna also has her best friends flying over for the occasion; man-eater Tanya (Emma Clifford) and Rosie (Rebecca Seale) who are just the sort of supportive friends you need when three of your ex fellars are suddenly staying in your Taverna. It’s an interesting journey to the altar, punctuated with classic and well-timed Abba hits, from ‘One of Us’ to ‘Dancing Queen’ to a trippy rendition of ‘Under Attack’ and there’s also my personal favourite ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’.

Helen Hobson is resplendent as Donna, she’s maternal, skittish, witty and game for a laugh – has excellent rapport with her mates and extremely believable chemistry with Sam. Emma Clifford is a laugh a minute as Tanya, she’s elegant then she’s throwing herself into silly antics with gay abandon and ‘Does Your Mamma Know’ was one of the many highlights of the show. A standing ovation must go to Rebecca Seale who stepped in to understudy the role of Rosie, she brought great life and soul to the life and soul of the party, stunning vocal ability from Seale too. Jamie Hogarth made me smile as the somewhat uptight Harry, his strong vocals lent themselves superbly to the hits and he brought a wonderfully awkward quality to the character too. Christopher Hollis was equally engaging as Aussie Bill Austin, his scenes with Rosie were brilliant, a superb pairing. Jon Boydon put real heart into the role of Sam, the feelings the character has for Donna were palpable. All three dads were notably exceptional with effortlessly natural vocals which never waivered.

If you’ve seen it before, go again, if you’ve never seen it… GO! It’s the ultimate feel-good musical and you I know you won’t be disappointed, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do!

Mamma Mia ~ Milton Keynes Theatre

Mamma Mia is running at Milton Keynes Theatre until 20 May 2017, book tickets here: Milton Keynes Theatre

Full cast here: Mamma Mia Touring Cast List

Star rating: *****

Mamma Mia is a smash hit West End musical and its easy to see why, I’ve seen it a few times before in the west end – many years ago, now. Therefore I was keen to see how it would work as a touring show. It works a treat is my answer, from the moment the orchestra strike up with the ever popular Abba medley that helps to get the audience all geared up, to the glittering finale that has the whole auditorium on their feet. It’s a show that has stood the test of time and continues to be a delight on its UK tour.

If you’re not already familiar with the story, it’s a very simple and somewhat cheesy plot which makes the most of inserting Abba songs into every possible moment – extremely appropriately too. Girl has met boy, is going to marry him and wants to know who her dad is so she can invite him to her wedding. Girl gets hold of mum’s diary and finds out that there are three possibilities based on her mum’s promiscuous past during a certain short space of time in the summer back in the 70’s. All three potential dads are invited and mayhem ensues, with many surprises along the way. Will the wedding go ahead and who will give the bride away?

Sophie (the daughter) is played by Lucy May Barker who packs energy and verve into her performance, she has an overt chemistry with Phillip Ryan who plays her fiancé, Sky. Lay All Your Love On Me is a number where they really grasped the opportunity to put everything into their performance. In equal measure, Barker plays out a very believable relationship with Helen Hobson who plays her mum, Donna. Hobson has stunning vocal ability and put her own stamp on Donna and there are some hilarious scenes with her two cronies, Tanya (Emma Clifford) and Rosie (Gillian Hardie).  Dancing Queen, Chuiquitita and of course, Super Trooper – the three are a trio to be reckoned with. Clifford is outstanding as the stuck up, man hungry Tanya. It never fails to make me smile when the character loosens up when she’s cheering up her friend during Chuiquitita, but that scene was laugh out loud funny in all the right ways. Hardie is my favourite Rosie, I’ve seen a few Rosies including Julie Walters in the movie version. What I felt that Hardie brought to her interpretation was a perfect balance of humour, empathy and no-nonsense. Her energy in creating the bumbling pal drew my attention to her even when the spotlight wasn’t on her. The harmonies that the trio produced were also quite breath-taking and I felt I could have listened to the three of them all night in their own concert! Stepping up to the plate and making as much of an impression as the girls, were Jon Boydon as Sam Carmichael, Christopher Hollis as Bill Austin and Jamie Hogarth as Harry Bright. I felt that the relationship that develops between the three of them was explored in slightly more depth, or perhaps the considered performances given by the boys provided that insight.

The trademark big numbers such as Money, Money, Money, Voulez-Vous and Mamma Mia were all as spectacular as I remember, eye-catching, slick choreography with flawless interchanges. The set almost appears to be so basic for such a large scale musical, yet you are instantly transported to Greece as it sets the tone and atmosphere immediately.

I always leave this one wanting to go back and see it again there and then – this occasion was no different. You don’t have to be a fan of Abba’s music to take this show to your heart, the songs punctuate the story and they lend themselves to musical theatre, superbly. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this on tour, you’ll jig in your seat, battle the urge to sing along and be on your feet by the finale, if not before. This has to be one of my all-time favourite show, it was fantastic to be reminded of that.

Photography by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

 

 

 

Spotlight On… Star of Mamma Mia, Lucy May Barker

Mamma Mia is currently on UK tour, click here for details and to book tickets: Mamma Mia UK Tour

Lucy May Barker is starring as Sophie in the show and I was delighted to ask her a few questions about one of my favourite musicals.

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Lucy, how does it feel to be playing a key role in the touring cast of Mamma Mia?

A dream come true. I absolutely love the show and getting to perform it to all the lovely audience around the UK is a feeling like no other.

How familiar were you with the musical and with Abba’s songs?

I grew up listening to Abba and we had the Abba Gold CD in my mum’s car, so I knew almost all the words already when I auditioned which was very handy ha ha!

What is your favourite scene and why?

I love going on for Lay All Your Love, I love singing that number and from then on I don’t leave the stage for the rest of the act which is a total rollercoaster.

Why do you think Mamma Mia is so popular and has stood the test of time?

The music, for sure, but also the story. It’s about real people and is so relatable, even nearly 20 years on.

If you could play a different character in the show, who would it be and why?

Pepper is a great role, and if I played that role it would mean I could dance and do tricks, which I most definitely can’t, haha!

Which Abba song means the most to you?

Thank You For The Music has my favourite lyrics, “without a song or dance what are we?” and that pretty much sums up my life. I love it!

Finally, what would you say to encourage people to book to see the show?

I’m probably biased, but I would say that I think it’s the ultimate feel-good night out at the theatre and my parents have seen it twenty times (and counting!) so that’s got to be a good sign!

Thanks so much for a lovely interview, Lucy – see you next week!

Spotlight on… Lesley Nicol

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*** Spotlight On… Lesley Nicol ***

How do I introduce this ‘Spotlight On…’? This is an actress who has been on my interview wish list since before this blog-site was born and she has been one of my personal heroes for the past two decades at least (longer, probably!). Many of you will know her as ‘Mrs Patmore’ from the ridiculously successful ‘Downton Abbey’ – so, overwhelmingly, I give you my interview with Lesley Nicol!

Lesley, thank you so much for talking to Break A Leg Review, I first became a fan of yours when you starred as Mrs Beaver in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for the BBC, but when did you feel that your career really started?

I don’t really think there was a time to be honest, there have been certain jobs that have been important, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was one of them because it was filmed over several months, rather than quick TV. It felt like a significant thing to do.

I don’t ever think “oh, my career has taken off”, it’s all about the current job and whether it’s fun. There have been notable high spots which have been The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, East is East, Mamma Mia and Downton Abbey. They have all been things that make you go “oh blimey that was a bit special!”

When you became a actress, were there any roles that you had a particular ambition to play or still want to play?

No, I always struggle with that when people ask me this question. I did want to play Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and I did play her, I loved that, that was a good fit but otherwise there isn’t anything I’m aware of that I want to do.

I saw you play Rosie in Mamma Mia three times and thought you were amazing, what are your best memories of that show?

It was surreal even auditioning for it, I actually auditioned for Bjorn. I was introduced to what felt like about twenty people so it didn’t even feel like a normal audition. I was walking along a long line of people and when I got to Bjorn, I curtsied! He didn’t quite understand the joke.

Then, I was singing Dancing Queen for him and I’m good at music but I’m not very good at remembering the words of songs so I was singing “doing the dancing queen” and he looked at me, very puzzled and said “no, no, no, it’s not “doing the dancing queen” it’s “digging the dancing queen!”. I said “oh yeah, sorry!” and thought “why didn’t I know that?!”.

But it was quite a surreal job because I was in it between 2000 and 2002 when it was a hot show, I’d look out into the audience and see Cher, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep – all the Americans were coming to see it. Of course, now we know why, because they made the film.

It was just glorious, though and my dad came to see it 35 times! He became a great fan of the show, he loved it.

Many people claim that Abba songs are notoriously difficult to sing, did you find that to be the case?

I think people who sing karaoke, for example, think it’s easy to just knock one out. We had the best musical team and they were very strict about what we did, it was very strictly organised and beautifully directed. I know we were given certain guidelines about how we were to sing the songs.

In fact I was in a tour of The Vagina Monologues with Linda Robson, we were in Worthing one night at a karaoke bar and the little minx got me up on stage to sing an Abba song, but all the words were wrong! That was really weird!

You’ve done many more musicals as well as Mamma Mia, would you be keen to perform in a musical again or indeed on stage in any capacity?

Yes, yes I would, I like to sing actually, I’m trying to get brave and follow my dear friends Annie Reid and Richard Dempsey, both of whom have done such brilliant cabarets. I’d love to have a go but I’m a bit scared, I’m trying to get my confidence together to do that.

I have to move onto Downton Abbey, the series finale was well worth waiting for, were you happy with how things turned out for Mrs Patmore? Did she have a good ‘send-off’?

I didn’t feel it was a ‘send-off’, because it didn’t feel like the end to me and it might not be the end, there might be a film, we don’t know. I didn’t feel like he’d put the final stamp on it, he did a bit with some characters, but I thought it was just a really good episode and very touching. It would have been nice if things had progressed a bit further with Mr Mason, but not everybody can have a happy ending because life isn’t like that.

I thought Mrs Patmore really got a chance to shine as a character in this series and I agree that she hasn’t had a storyline ‘ending’ as such, so if the rumoured movie does go ahead, what do you think we’d find the character doing in the future?

I have no idea, I wouldn’t even try to guess, I do know he’s got an idea for the movie and he’s always doing about five things at once, he’s a workaholic, so you never know!

The Downton Abbey Text Santa sketch for ITV was hilarious and easily lived up to expectations after the previous year’s effort featuring George Clooney, how many takes were needed to film it?

I think we did it a couple of times because I wasn’t sure how bonkers to be, really, but I just decided to be totally bonkers, I thought that was the way forward. Of course, Gordon Ramsay wasn’t actually there so I didn’t have anyone to shout at. But I got the best Christmas jumper, with a pudding on it! I’m glad you thought it was good because the George Clooney one was quite special wasn’t it.

As you’re a household name, you have been able to promote exceptionally worthwhile charities such as Animals Asia. How did they come to your attention?

I read about it on Twitter throughPeter Egan, Peter was a friend, not a close friend at that point, I didn’t know him very well but I was aware that Peter is very very involved with animal welfare. I remember clearly looking at a picture of a moon bear, about to investigate and read the article with it and said “oh god, Peter not another sad animal story”. I do follow him on Twitter, I read what he shares and it’s always sad, but on this occasion I didn’t think for one moment that it would grab my heart, which it did. Then I investigated the site and started reading about what bile bear farming is and I suppose interestingly when I look back, I was showing one of the videos to my niece here in America and my husband, just to show them and I started really sobbing and they looked at me like “what in god’s name is wrong with you?” and when I think about it, if I had been aware of it (which I wasn’t), that was probably a sign that I was totally hooked by the sadness and the tragedy of this.

Then I started to watch some of the films featuring Jill Robinson, there’s a very disturbing documentary called Cages of Shame which I watched, and I met her after that. Somewhere in the works somebody told me that 160 million people in China watch Downton Abbey, so I asked Jill if that meant I could be any help to her and she said “yes it would mean that and if you’re able to come out to China to visit us we could get the local press and use the fact that you’re here”. So I did and now I’ve been out four times because I’m totally and utterly besotted with Jill and the cause. To meet a moon bear is absolutely amazing and I’m totally up to my neck in it, I won’t ever be able to walk away from that.

The fact these bears can learn to trust humans again is something we can learn from, when all they’ve known is fear of pain and that a human has meant hurt to them – when you go out there you can hand feed them and they’re relaxed with you. You wonder how they’ve made that transition after twenty years stuffed in a cage.

Medical Detection Dogs is your other main charity, how did that one come to the fore?

I was at Chiswick Dog Show which is very close to where I live and I walked my dogs through the park and noticed these dogs with red jackets on and I heard someone say “go and find out about this, it’s amazing” so that got my interest and I went and listened to somebody and it was connected with things that I related to. I’ve had Cancer in the family and my husband has type 2 Diabetes, I love dogs and at this point they were quite a young charity, really not very well known at all. So I said “I think this is amazing and if there’s anything I can do”, I then watched a demonstration and met some of the dogs and the people, many of whom I’ve grown very attached to.

That is also not something I can walk away from, there are other ambassadors on board now and while I’m not in the country, that’s a good thing that other people are supporting and fundraising, but there place in my heart and always will be.

You recently filmed a piece for ITV’s This Morning reporting from Blue Cross  and Dogs Trust, I thought it was fantastic…

I want to know if Teddy from Blue Cross has been re-homed! He was so beautiful and people are scared of staffies and rotties, but in the right hands they’re completely people pleasing, easily trained dogs.

I give money to the Oakfield Oldies because we can’t have a dog where we currently live.

Oh do you! They were lovely and I can’t tell you how full of beans they were. There was a fabulous one called Chewbacca, he’s 13 and probably has many years left because they go into their twenties, that breed. He was a beautiful dog and all he wants is to sit next to you and have a cuddle.

Are you going to be doing any more of those films for This Morning?

I think the door might be open to do more, yes, they seemed to be pleased with it, they know I’ve got an interest in animal welfare so it could be something different next time.

Favourite Things (give me your first reaction to these questions):

Favourite time of year?

Spring.

Favourite memory from your career?

Seeing my dad dancing in the stalls at the Prince Edward Theatre, he was dancing to Waterloo.

Favourite Mrs Patmore line?

“Daisy, I said you could go for a drink of water, not a trip up the Nile”

and the other one which Sophie (McShera, who plays Daisy) and I laugh because we didn’t know what it meant:

“It’s you and me, Daisy, contra mundi”

Favourite way to spend your time off?

Walking the dogs on the beach.

Favourite holiday destination?

I’d like to go to Bali.

You can hear Lesley’s voice in ‘Goldie and Bear’ on Disney Junior – she plays the mad ‘Fairy Godmother’! I think I speak for many when I say I hope the ‘Downton Abbey’ film happens.

Also, ‘Teddy’ from ‘Blue Cross’ has been re-homed!!

Links to Animals Asia and Medical Detection Dogs can be found below:

http://www.animalsasia.com/uk/

http://medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Newton John – National Tour

Reviewed by Helen McWilliams

Take a legend with a history of 40 years in the music industry, and many well known movies under her belt – put her in one of Birmingham’s most renowned arenas (the NIA) for just over two hours and what have you got? The most amazing evening with world class entertainer, Olivia Newton-John.

Walking out to rapturous applause, a marvellous welcome from the audience who were of a mixed age range, Olivia was ably supported by three backing singers of outstanding musical ability who performed duets with her at various times. The band was also well balanced to accompany the string of popular hits that she sang as part of the ‘musical journey’.

What a journey it was with a selection of songs from ‘Xanadu’ (the title track had the audience on their feet), ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ (including a tribute to Abba with ‘Waterloo) and a few hits from her country and western days such as ‘Country Roads’ and ‘The Banks of the Ohio’ also adding a rendition of ‘Jolene’ to the mix. Olivia has a quality in her voice that suits the Country and Western style and it is easy to see why she started out singing that particular genre. Also delighting the audience was ‘Let’s Get Physical’ which had everyone out of their seats and in the aisles partying!

Interaction with the audience is always important in my opinion and there were plenty of opportunities for this, she is a very witty lady and also appeared extremely humbled by the attention of her loyal fan base. Olivia has been on an incredible journey, not only throughout her successful career but also in private and she has written some inspirational music reflecting these times. ‘Don’t Cut Me Down’ was a particularly emotive song which was accompanied by some beautifully tranquil lighting effects. ‘Not Gonna Give In To It’ is a number that anybody who is going through a tough time should listen to, my husband turned to me and said “how wonderful to have written a song like this at such a difficult time in her life”.

No Olivia Newton-John concert is complete without reference to ‘Grease’ and we were treated to ‘Hopelessly Devoted’, ‘You’re the one that I want’ and we all participated enthusiastically in ‘Summer Nights’. I don’t think that her voice has altered since those days and indeed ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ sounded identical to her performance in the film.

There was no support act and no interval, it was some feat to sing solidly for such a length of time, but excellent vocals were sustained and Olivia’s vocal range is extremely impressive. I only hope that she doesn’t leave it too long to return to the UK, her tour has come to an end due to the cancellation of the Glasgow leg of the tour (unforeseen circumstances) however you can access information at http://www.olivianewton-john.com.

First published 19.03.13

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