Showcasing 18 West End musicals that are reopening soon or in some cases, have already reopened, The Show Must Go On is a celebratory concert, gathering together so much on- and off-stage theatrical talent in aid of Acting for Others and Fleabag Support Fund.
With Bonnie Langford and Trevor Dion Nicholas hosting and gamely working their way through a multitude of rapid-fire show descriptions, the real MVPs of the night were the orchestra, under Stuart Morley’s direction, and the choir, made up of recent graduates, who enthusiastically put their voices to any number of harmonised accompaniments.
Among so many treats, it almost seems churlish to pick favourites, but I absolutely adored Sharan Phull’s gorgeously stripped back medley from Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, a rare moment that reminded us that bombast isn’t always everything. The Matildas were also excellent with their take on ‘When I Grow Up’.
The Show Must Go On has been filmed by National Theatre Live and can be accessed exclusively via the hugely popular ‘The Shows Must Go On!’ YouTube channel for seven days. It’s free to watch but please consider making a donation.