The Legend of Swing theatre show received a long deserved standing ovation throughout the last two songs and the reprise at its premier performance at The Grove Theatre last Sunday the 19th September 2010.
This show is incredibly “NEW, NOW & WOW”.
The Legend of Swing is a beautiful show with no tribute artists. It highlights many massive songs that have charted from the 1920′s into this millennium. The show evolves from “The Birth of the Blues” into Big Bands while including Swing Music’s golden era in Las Vegas as well as current chart smashes.
Overflowing with unbelievable talent in the carefully selected lead and solo vocal cast of; Paul-Hayden, Joe Corrigan, George Anthony, Val Kelly and guest Cheryl Hemmings who opened the evening with The Crossroads acapella “Hush” which showed off their incredible vocal harmonies.
These guys dazzled with amazing performances and entertained us throughout the night with some great orchestrations including “Stormy Weather” by Billie Holliday, to; Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Rat Pack, “He’s a Tramp” Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Nina Simone and Glenn Miller which brilliantly ran into Christina Aguilera’s “Candy Man” and Michael Bublés “Cry me a river”.
The “Sensational” “Legend of Swing” Orchestra was directed by Duncan Lamont who conducted and led the sixteen piece band of top international and West End musicians. The sound and music choice was perfect in the Grove venue as each of the lead vocal cast performed blinding and harmonious performances with solo’s, duets and full on vocal cast that started and concluded the first half of the show.
After the Interval
Duncan Lamont and The Legend of Swing orchestra opened with an explosive performance of the instrumental “Sing Sing” following with Déjà vu singing Glenn Millers “Boogie Woogie bugle boy” and Candy Man by Christina Aguilera.
Host Paul-Hayden then took to the stage and gave a very warm heart felt introduction to Ian Gomes Who is the amazing resident solo pianist at The Ritz in London while also having had the honour of playing in private for Frank Sinatra over a period of 11 years.
Ian opened with “My Way” by Frank Sinatra was joined on the second verse by The Legend of Swing Orchestra. As the song came to its emotional crescendo one could almost feel Sinatra’s presence in the theatre. “Working for Mr. Sinatra was one of my favourite eras” said Ian.
There then followed a beautiful brief intimate selection of songs with just piano and lead vocals as the theatre chilled and relaxed into this very special moment. “I get a kick”, “Fly me to the moon”, “Night and day” and “Til” were among the great classics.
The Guys, Ian Gomes and Legend of Swing orchestra then brought the show to the Las Vegas heydays of swing with a British style Rat Pack and refreshingly original performances that did not impersonate; “which was fantastic”!
The audience gave a standing ovation over the last two numbers “Mack the knife”, “New York” as the Las Vegas Show Girls provided the icing on this amazing cake.
In all Paul-Hayden of the British Rat Pack put on an amazing show!