Last night, queen of theatre Kerry Ellis, performed a one night only concert at the London Palladium.
An incredibly stagey affair, opening with the wonderful Woman the Band, (4 women currently on tour with Billy Ocean) belting out wonderful arrangements of well known songs, with a distinct country music feel to them. I was blown away by them (you have to love a bit of Country and Western)!
Kerry took to the stage looking overwhelmed with the fact she was actually playing her own show at the Palladium. I don’t often cry at shows (cold hearted) but Kerry’s rendition of Tell Me On A Sunday followed by I Dreamed A Dream left me an uncontrollable puddle on the floor.
Rory Taylor performed a song from the recent Rent In Concert tour with Kerry (due to go back out on tour in November 2013). Their two powerful voices blended perfectly together.
The moment everyone was waiting for came at the end of the night. For the first time in history, 4 ladies who have all played the role of Elphaba in Wicked the Musical, took to the stage to perform the most powerful version of Defying Gravity you will ever hear. Kerry was joined by Alexia Khadime (currently in Book of Mormon), new mother Rachel Tucker and the current Elphaba, Louise Dearman. I wondered which of them would sing the big belty note at the end and incredibly they all did, one at a time! I’m sure it will be all over You Tube so if you weren’t at the show, be sure to check it out!
As Brian May said on stage, headlining her own show is where Kerry belongs. He’s not wrong either and I’m sure it won’t be the last time we see Kerry at the Palladium.