The power of music to lighten our loads and lift our spirits is an essential part of our life journey. London has many venues and settings that promote these emotions. Not all of them are on a popular level, but the professionalism of how the different theatres, clubs and churches even, are able to stage and promote good performers ensures that Londoners are never too far away from the healing powers of song.
The strength of Harry Warren’s songwriting has more than stood the test of time. “Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re In The Money” and “I Only Have Eyes For You” have become instantly recognisable staples of modern song and are here given the full chorus line treatment. Sheena Easton, who shot to pop stardom in the eighties joins the cast, playing the role of Dorothy Brock.
The Gershwin tunes are all present and correct though and the ballet finale which showcases the divergent, yet complimentary skills of Kelly and Caron is still a breathtaking showstopper. The sets are more artistic than in the film. The designers have been given free reign to interpret what must have been a bittersweet time for the city and its people.
Chelsea v Spurs on the 22nd is followed the next day by Man City v Arsenal. Chelsea are runaway leaders in the Premiership but if there’s anyone who can match them, it’s the talented Tottenham side. Arsenal are struggling, but in Alex Sanchez, they have someone who can score against the best. City, the only team in the draw from outside the capital have their own deadly striker in the shape of Sergio Aguero. Expect plenty of goals as only Chelsea seem to be able to keep a clean sheet nowadays.
To perform Messiah is to experience absolute conviction. The sorrow, suffering and sacrifice is depicted as profound experiences that our human minds can barely grasp. There’s nothing glib about the subject matter or the music, yet it remains, at the same time, immensely powerful and at the same time delicately detailed. Enduring genius.