American Performing Arts International return to theSpace @Symposium Hall once again this year with “Best of the West End” and, as always, this is a show where on the one hand you know exactly what to expect, but on the other, you don’t know what to expect. You know there will be great professional-standard performances of songs from West End shows, but you never know exactly what shows or songs are going to be featured.
This year the selection ranges from the great drama of Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, to the more light-hearted Book of Mormon and Spamalot, with Wicked, Matilda, Miss Saigon and others along the way.
Opening aptly with “Hello” from The Book of Mormon, the show is 55 minutes of non-stop entertainment. The five members of APAI taking part in this show are all highly talented musical theatre performers, who perform equally well in solo numbers or together in ensemble pieces, whether singing comedy or dramatic numbers.
The highlight of the entire show for me was “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, performed by Preston. His voice was absolutely perfect for this song, and judging by the applause from the audience, it was the favourite of many others too.
APAI also perform “Best of Broadway” at 10.00am, and both shows run until Saturday 10th August, so there’s still time to get a ticket for a performance where you can sit back (in very comfortable seats), relax, and simply enjoy the show.
Best of the West End
theSpace @ Symposium Hall
Aug 2-3, 5-10
Country: United States
Group: American Performing Arts International
Review by Lisa Sibbald