I have seen a couple of Doors tributes before, many years ago, and whilst I enjoyed them at the time I have to say that none can possibly compare to The Doors Alive!
They are musically and vocally flawless! As a big Doors fan the gig at the Robin 2 Bilston was more than just a show it was a whole experience and you felt like you had been actually transported back to the late 60’s when The Doors were in their prime!
The lead singer was remarkable as Jim Morrison, there is no way he can improve! The set was an impressive 2 hours long and included a wide range of Doors songs, the better known ones being ‘Riders on the Storm’, ‘Break on Through’, ‘LA Woman’ and of course, ‘Light My Fire’. (My personal favourite though was ‘People are Strange’ as it is was hearing this song that got me to discover The Doors in the first place.The Doors Alive more than did it justice!)
The age range of the crowd was from late teens to mid 80’s and there was a great atmosphere which increased more and more throughout the night!
It was nice to see a few people dressed up in 60’s clothes which also enhanced the atmosphere.
“Jim” stayed in character throughout the performance. He gave off a likeable vibe and myself and the crowd warmed to him.
The musicians were breathtaking too. I fully recommend The Doors Alive as they are absolutely amazing! Look out for them at The Robin 2 next June.
(Images through Helen Bennett & Natasha Ince - New Era Photography)
As a fan of the 1980 film ‘9 to 5’, I have been lucky enough to have caught a live version at the Wolverhampton Grand once before, so I suspected myself and the audience were in for a treat with the South Staffs Musical Theatre Company version. I did wonder a little bit though if it would be up to the same standards, especially as one of the main characters, Violet Newstead was to be played by a different actress (Zoe Wiltshire) at very short notice due to illness.
Having enjoyed the film version of ‘The Sound of Music’ many times both as a child and an adult, I viewed the trailer on YouTube of the adaptation that is currently showing at the Wolverhampton Grand theatre with eager anticipation, and just from those few moments I knew I was in store for a treat!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjXcmQZQ6w8 (Link to Trailer)
The casting is absolutely perfect, with the dashing Andrew Lancel (who I am actually familiar with as Coronation Street’s former villain Frank Foster) playing the role of strict and severe widow Captain von Trapp, and the enchanting Lucy Byrne who surprisingly I warmed to even more than Julie Andrews in the role of Maria! Lucy oozes a natural warmth that make her co-stars and the audience adore her! She is perfect in this role.