Putting on the ritz at Brighouse Civic Hall

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A touch of the West End came to Brighouse with a night of big stage performance at the Civic Hall.

A Night at the Musicals, produced and directed by Natasha Harper from Bailiffe Bridge, raised the roof as an audience of over 200 people enjoyed excerpts from many world renowned musical shows performed with professionalism and style, the like of which is only seen in places like the West End theatres.

The evening opened with a selection from Phantom of the Opera including “Music of the Night”. The duet was performed by Hugh Raine and Joanne Slater.

This was followed by “The Wizard of Oz” and “Fiddler on the Roof” with a very believable performance by Michael Siegal singing, “If I Were a Rich Man.”

Songs from “Singing in the Rain” were sung by Johnny Victory, John Murphy and Natasha Harper.

This was followed by a selection from “Guys & Dolls” featuring Caroline Kelly, Jackie Braddock, Tracey Hindson, Stephen Howell, John Murphy, The Victory Girls and the company.

The first act concluded with Bugsy Malone, touchingly performed by Harpers School of Performing Arts, (Noah Marescaux, Brynelle D’arcy, Emily Wright, and Lily Williamson). T

Act two opened with a selection of tunes from “Chicago” followed by songs “All that Jazz” and “Cell Block Tango” before “Sweeney Todd” arrived on stage.

Miss Harper brought together local amateurs and professional The Little Shop of Horrors section continued the show, followed by “Cheek to Cheek” from the musical “Top Hat”.

Then, a dramatic change in tempo saw the “Rocky Horror Show” take over the stage with songs, “Dammit Janet” and the favourite, “Time Warp”.

Director Natasha took the stage next to give a very powerful and emotional “Memory” from “Cats”.

This led into the finale “One” from “A Chorus Line” by Marvin Hamlisch, with the whole cast on stage and the final curtain.

A packed auditorium gave a worthy applause to the artists for a wonderful show with great talent, skill and variety.

John Buxton who helped organise the show said: “Credit goes to Natasha Harper for bringing together these great performers and bringing their best to entertain us in Brighouse.”