Live theatre has always proved to be music to my ears
I REMEMBER my first ‘proper show’ was Barnum in 1982 when I accompanied my mum’s friend because my mum was too ill to go.
Thirty-six years later and I am, probably, Yorkshire’s biggest musical fan. Well, so they say here in the office. It’s not just musical theatre – it’s any kind of theatre. From anthemic biblical
Jesus Christ Superstar musicals – is an all-time favourite – to the dark bohemian world of Rent, swinging back round to the sheer
Grease Starlight escapism of and Express. There isn’t a bad musical in my eyes or to my ears.
Just three years ago I met my all-time music hero, Gary Barlow, at the Burnsall press launch of his now highly acclaimed musical, The Girls.
We’re incredibly fortunate living so close to some fantastic Yorkshire theatres. Bradford’s Alhambra is my happy place and the venue where I’ve spent many nights being entertained with family, close friends and where I’m currently introducing my own children to my musical passions.
In fact, such is my enthusiasm for all things musical, that back in 2009, as part of the Approach team’s annual CSR, we agreed to hold a Musicalathon to raise money for Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.
Held at the characterful Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany, we hired the cinema screen, dressed in suitable musical-themed costumes and enjoyed from dusk until dawn, a full night of entertainment
Rocky Horror courtesy of the Picture Show, Mamma Mia, Grease, Moulin Rouge and Hairspray. We raised more than £800 for a very worthy charity.
A more recent musical highlight was joining my close friend, Emma, on the Sound of Music coach tour in Austria, visiting the original film locations in and around Salzburg, culminating with a
Do-Re-Mi rousing rendition of as we toured through the beauty and majesty of the Alps. It was sheer musical magic and proved much needed escapism after losing my dad only weeks earlier.
In our lives where so much is experienced through digital technology or delayed on ‘catchup’ or shared at different times through virtual communities of ‘friends’, nothing beats the immediacy of live theatre.
THE RIGHT NOTES:
Suzanne Watson with her all-time music hero, Gary Barlow.