After thoroughly enjoying A Night At The Musicals with the Novello Orchestra in June, I was really excited to hear that there was another performance concentrating on songs from the movies. Then I saw the star guests were announced as Lucie Jones, Ian H Watkins and Noel Sullivan – this made it an event not to be missed.
Hosted by Connie Fisher, whose presentation helped blend one song into another beautifully, Movie Mixtape opened with the theme from Ghostbusters, and got the show well under way with conductor, David Mahoney encouraging the audience to join in with the refrain and shout “Ghostbusters!”
We were slightly disappointed by the news that Noel Sullivan was unable to perform due to illness but when Wales Millennium Centre announced Craig Gallivan would take to the stage in his place this brightened our spirits. Craig was the first performer on stage, but as he has played the leading roles in the West End productions of Billy Elliot and School of Rock this did not phase him and he knocked out a phenomenal version of The Power of Love. Quickly he followed on with two duets with Lucie Jones, the Dirty Dancing classic I’ve Had the Time of my Life and Come What May from Mulan Rouge
The next performer on stage was Ian H Watkins he started with the Bee Gees / Steps classic from Saturday Night Fever, Tragedy followed by Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman.
Lucie Jones performed two solo numbers alongside the piano, the classic Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard both of which deservedly gained her a standing ovation.
The first half ended in high spirits with a medley of Abba Songs from the Mamma Mia film which included much singing along from the audience.
The second half shifted the pace to the dramatic with the Novello Orchestra’s rendition of the James Bond theme from Dr No, which moved into Lucie Jones’ excellent version of Skyfall.
The audience were also introduced to special guest, Steffan Hughes, a friend of David Mahoney from Only Men Aloud performing versions of Go the Distance from Hercules and Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King.
Further highlights included Ian H Watkins and Steffan Hughes duetting on Falling Slowly from Once and Ian with Lucie performing Shallow from A Star is Born.
Through the evening. David Mahoney looked like he was having a ball onstage conducting the orchestra and dancing along with the songs. His infectious enthusiasm was caught by everybody on stage as well as the audience. Movie Mixtape undoubtedly proved to be an expertly curated evening where everyone enjoyed themselves.
Photographs by Polly Thomas