It’s not until you hear songs from many different musicals sung so fantastically that you really appreciate their longstanding popularity.
And Messrs Lloyd Webber, Rice, Rogers and Hammerstein couldn’t have asked for a better outlet for their music than ‘Masters of the House’.
Featuring four former West End stars the show was like a musical box of chocolates, there really was something to suit all tastes.
Fans of the old greats lapped up a superbly put together medley of Rogers & Hammerstein favourites such as ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Do A Deer’ and ‘June is Bustin’ Our All Over’ while any fans of more modern stage hits were well catered for with Karen Evan’s showstopping solo of ‘Defying Gravity’ and playful duet with Stephen Weller of ‘A Song That Goes Like This’ from ‘Spamalot’.
The tempo switched just as quickly as the musical eras. Smiles were raised by the likes of Sara Louisa Parry’s cheeky ‘All That Jazz’ and her and Nik Stoter’s ‘My Fair Lady’ tribute before heart strings were tugged on by a whole cast rendition of Blood Brothers’ ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ or Sara’s ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’.
And when feet weren’t tapping or tears being held back, there were goosebumps a plenty courtesy of Stephen’s delivery of the anthemic ‘This Is The Moment’ or Karen’s pitch perfect ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ from ‘The Sound of Music’.
Some musicals were fortunate enough to have a bigger share of the spotlight, with the ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’ medleys particular highlights.
There were even moments in the spotlight for some young audience members who were handed the mic for ‘Any Dream Will Do’ from ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.
The show ended with a homage to ‘Mamma Mia’ but for me it was the ‘Les Miserables’’ medley which preceded that which brought the best out of the cast.
You need real talent to pull off the likes of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ and that’s exactly what they possessed by the bucketload.
Backed by a fantastic live band, Sara, Stephen, Karen and Nick were full of the essential razzle dazzle needed for stage musicals and oozed finesse with every note they produced.