West End Live Roundup
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It's back! West End Live, a free weekend festival documenting and showcasing the best London has to offer in current and upcoming musical theatre, stormed its way into Trafalgar Square for its 11th year. Young and old joined, wearing various merchandise from various shows for a weekend of winning West End shows. From the crowd movers - Memphis, The Commitments, Shrek The Musical, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia - to our beloved classics - Miss Saigon, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and Billy Elliot to name a few - casts from across the capital linked their stagey arms and blew us away.
Highlights included well-known Les Miserables, which caused a tempestuous reaction from fans, just over half a million to be precise.
Carrie Hope-Fletcher, the impressive actress that plays Eponine, told us fresh from the stage that "being on stage is absolutely electric."
Sorry I had to rush off after West End Live! Had to get back to the theatre for our matinee performance! Thanks so much for the <3!!!— Carrie Hope Fletcher (@CarrieHFletcher) June 20, 2015
Shrek The Musical's favourite ogre, Dean Chisnell, faced an electrical fault during a performance of "I'm a believer," but the crowds continued with him in a communal West End Live acapella performance.
Mamma Mia's babe, Shona White, explained to us that West End Live is "a brilliant way to get London shows, old and new, in one place at one time, to enjoy."
Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly made crowds swoon with their performances of Coloured Woman, The Music of my Soul and Save Your Rock and Roll just weeks before Donnelly leaves the show to begin rehearsals for Kinky Boots
The atmosphere was, as Billy Elliot would describe it, electricity.
If you missed the two day instalment this year, make sure you attend next year's festival.