City Nights take on Broad­way feel

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

It was as though Broad­way met Bar­ba­dos last week­end dur­ing the 2018 stag­ing of City Nights at Frank Col­ly­more Hall. This year’s show took pa­trons on a mu­si­cal jour­ney, with se­lec­tions from clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary Broad­way mu­si­cals.

And what a show it was! Each per­for­mance was bril­liant bar none, and made those in the au­di­ence feel as though they were right on stage with it.

Though not very well at­tended, in com­par­i­son to pre­vi­ous shows, those who came out got their monies worth and then some. From start to fin­ish the per­for­mances were on point.

Pa­trons were thor­oughly im­pressed with songs from pop­u­lar se­lec­tions of Frozen, Beauty And The Beast, West Side Story, Hamil­ton, Dela, Black Pan­ther and more. And many of the songs were done with a Caribbean twist.

While it was an over­all fan­tas­tic show and pro­duc­tion, the sec­ond half was the high­light.

Dionne Tim­o­thy had the au­di­ence singing along with her as she took them way back in time with a ren­di­tion of Do-re-mi from the Sound Of Mu­sic sound­track. As sim­ple as the song was, it was clearly a pop­u­lar one with the au­di­ence.

Tim­o­thy then took them along with her to West Side Story and sang the pop­u­lar I Feel Pretty which was an­other great per­for­mance.

Then, the Mar­lon Le­gall Voice Project gave an ex­cel­lent ren­di­tion of Sea­sons Of Love from the movie Rent.

One can never tire of hear­ing the or­ange-hair song­bird Nikita sing. The love was felt all through the Frank Col­ly­more Hall dur­ing her ren­di­tion of the El­ton John clas­sic Can You feel The Love Tonight? from the pop­u­lar movie The Lion King.

She fol­lowed up with other hits from the movie – Cir­cle Of Life and Hakuna Matata. She was joined by her brother Jabarri Browne for these two songs and he too added his own twist to the songs. They were backed by the Mar­lon Le­gall Voice Project.

These were fan­tas­tic per­for­mances that just made you sing along, even if you didn’t want to.

There was never a doubt that Ch’an could sing, but just in case there was any lin­ger­ing, she erased it all with her per­for­mance of And I Am Telling You from the Dream Girls sound track.

Dur­ing the goose­bumps-rais­ing per­for­mance, Ch’an dis­played her ex­pert vo­cal abil­ity and even re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion for it.

Kel­lie Cado­gan and James Lea­cock closed out the show with the megahits Beauty And The Beast and Time Of My Life from Dirty Danc­ing.

Putting their own twist to them, the duo did jus­tice to these clas­sics and brought the cur­tain down on an all-around good night.

In the first half, one of the stand­out per­for­mances was def­i­nitely young Trin­ity Clarke who sang Let It Go. A bril­liant per­for­mance that gained her a stand­ing ova­tion.

All the per­form­ers were backed by the Or­ches­tra & Col­lec­tive. (DB) 1688

The Mar­lon Le­gall Voice Project was also im­pres­sive.

These lit­tle dancers added to the all­round pro­duc­tion of the show City Nights.

(Pic­tures by Christoff Grif­fith.)

Kel­lie Cado­gan and James Lea­cock gave ex­cel­lent per­for­mances of Beauty And The Beast and Time Of My Life.

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