Celebrating the Lord

[Note: This is not in anyway a faith-related post.]

The Lord’s 60.

Yes, it really has been 10 years since the spectacular that was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th birthday celebration in the Royal Albert Hall. (If you’ve not seen it, it’s on DVD, watch it, it’s wonderful!) So it was about time for another one…

Luckily the BBC thought so too and considerately used their staging from Saturday’s Last Night of the Proms to host a birthday concert for the Lord. Except it turns out he was actually 60 6 months ago. Nevermind.

The evening turned out to be: dry, entertaining and educational…

For example, did you know that Love Changes Everything (the hit song from Aspects of Love) was originally written for Starlight Express but not used, put away in a drawer and brought out again for the later musical?? Nope, neither did I.

Incidentally, it’s broadcast on Radio 2 at 7.30pm on Friday, 10th October. I highly recommend listening, then you too can catch:
– Lee Mead coming in too early at the start of All I Ask of You
– John Barrowman generally being hilarious
– Joss Stone emulating a crazy evangelical preacher during Jesus Christ Superstar (“can I get a witness?!”)
– Duncan James being surprisingly good & Jason Donovan being surprisingly bad

I’ll be listening, especially I managed to miss most of my most anticipated item by mis-timing a trip to the toilets. Turns out the overture for The Beautiful Game isn’t as long as I thought and I was still in the toilets when I heard “and now, Idina Menzel singing Unexpected Song…”. That would be my favourite Broadway Diva singing my favourite ALW song – I ran like the wind!!

And if all that wasn’t enough, the evening was doubly exciting because my friend Gill (and her Mum) were in one of the supporting choirs – here we have Gill looking a little, well, moody, whilst on stage with Ruthie Henshall (another West End Diva):

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