Remembering great artistes can sometimes be a tricky balance as too much reverence can easily turn into pastiche. It’s better to imagine how a great singer would have handled new material and old standards which is why Lioness is such an effective tribute to Amy Winehouse. Dolly Parton, however, is fully in charge of her own legacy. She has made sure that any new material that her stage impersonators in London are currently singing has been written by her – personally. There are some great things do in London right now.

The Amy Winehouse Experience AKA Lioness – O2 Academy2, Islington
The Amy Winehouse Experience AKA Lioness – O2 Academy2, Islington
As far as tribute acts go, these guys are top drawer. Amy Winehouse had a short, but memorably impactful career which means that most of her material can be covered over the course of a 90 minute set and this band pulls it off in spades.

The musicians are skilful, yet loose as they mix in some judicious soul standards with Amy’s hits. The lead singer nails the famous Winehouse alto and probably interacts with her audience a bit more than the late North London diva would have, so fans are in for a rare treat.

https://www.gigantic.com/the-amy-winehouse-experience…-aka-lioness-o2-academy-islington-2019-03-09-18-00

Margot – Covent Garden
Margot – Covent Garden
Upmarket Italian dining sometimes loses what makes the cuisine so inspired. Straying far from rustic roots happens to the best chefs when money and expectations are ratcheted up to stratospheric levels, yet Margot stays ahead of the pack by keeping its feet on the ground: ingredients are never compromised.

The excellence of Margot is revealed in the fact that it easily combines modern refinements like a sleek wine cellar with an adherence to what makes Italian food so timeless. Scallops are juicy and seared to perfection while the salami and fennel dish reveals endless depths of flavour. Eating at Margot should be never be rushed. Do it with knowledgeable friends who covet peerless cooking as much they value your company.

http://www.margotrestaurant.com/

Yamato – Peacock Theatre
<Yamato – Peacock Theatre
Traditional Japanese gets a hi-tech makeover in this pulsating production which is actually a lot more subtle than you might first think. Taiko drumming requires, at its highest level, the sort of dedication and discipline that you would expect in a martial arts academy and the Yamato crew definitely give their all as they create astonishing layers of sonic thunder.

Amongst the explosive percussion workouts, however, there are delicate movements where shimmering cymbals and ghostly gongs are used to great effect. Apart from displaying a monk-like intensity, the drummers are not averse to a little showbiz swagger as they slide, feint and even drop kick their way round the giant drums in order to add variety and fun to their memorable show.

http://peacocktheatre.com/whats-on/yamato/

Nine to Five: The Musical – Savoy Theatre
Nine to Five: The Musical – Savoy Theatre
The film that enabled Dolly Parton to break into Hollywood has been revamped as a West End musical with additional songs provided by the Queen of Country herself. Following the adventures of three ambitious young women as they attempt to cast off stereotypes while climbing the corporate ladder, Nine to Five fizzes with the kind of female energy that has challenged the status quo throughout the ages.

The three women mutually support one another in their struggles and when their misogynistic boss steps over the line, they plan retribution. The subsequent kidnap and chase scenes are played to great comic effect and the songs are shot through with Parton’s trademark brand of bubbly optimism, homespun wisdom and female empowerment.

https://9to5themusical.co.uk/

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