I went to see Beyond the Barricade in July when it came to a theatre near to my home town, following several recommendations by friends and it was a fantastic night out.
Beyond the Barricade is in its 11th year and is still as popular now as it was then. It was born from the great musical Les Miserables and brings a selection of songs from West End musicals to various venues around Great Britain, ending every performance with a medley of songs from Les Mis.
There are only 4 singers, 2 men and 2 women. David Fawcett and Andy Reiss have both starred in Les Mis in various roles over several years and are the two constant performers in Beyond The Barricade. They both also direct and produce musicals for the West End. Andy also plays the keyboard and seems to take a principle role in directing the other singers. The girls do change but at present are Becci Morrell, who has just returned from travelling around the word with Celebrity Cruises. However, her first love is musical theatre and this is her first tour with Beyond The Barricade.She is the exception to the rule that performers in Beyond The Barricade must have had a role in Les Mis before being able to join Beyond The Barricade. However, David and Andy were so impressed with her that they made an exception in her case. Katie Leeming has played Eponine in Les Mis plus a variety of other musical theatre parts.
The show started with 3 or 4 songs from Miss Saigon and then moved on to The Lion King. David Fawcett then introduced all the members, including the band that accompanies them, who were excellent musicians. The show then carried on with songs from Blood Brothers, Chess, Phantom, Starlight Express, Pricilla Queen of Desert, We Will Rock You and Phantom. Sometimes the songs are sung as solos, sometimes as duets and sometimes altogether. All the performers have brilliant voices and are such a pleasure to listen to.
The piece de resistance of the show though is a medley of songs from Les Miserable, such as Bring Him Home, Castle On A Cloud, I Dreamed A Dream and finally One More Day. It is ultimately what everyone has been waiting for and the performers were called back for an encore.
I love musicals, I find the songs so rousing and emotional and, of course, the words tell the story. To go to a concert and listen to a selection of these songs from several different musicals is my idea of bliss and I thoroughly recommend Beyond The Barricade to anyone else who loves musical theatre.
To find out more visit the website at www.beyondthebarricade.com.