Ginger Hibiscus | News from Ginger Hibiscus - West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre
News from Ginger Hibiscus - West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre
News from Ginger Hibiscus - West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre
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29 Sep West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre

Last night West End Heroes lit up the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre, in a very special show featuring pop stars Collabro, performances from across Theatreland and an incredible moment when dancer Freddie Huddlestone climbed the side of the Dominion Theatre stage to then tap – upside down – across the ceiling and back down the other side. The amazing routine, choreographed by Matt Flint, was the highlight of Step in Time, a high-energy tap dance tribute by The West End Heroes Dancers, to Disney’s Mary Poppins, which this year is celebrating 50 years since its release.

The event, which boasted a sell-out crowd, was hosted by Michael Ball, Britain’s leading musical theatre star, a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter, who also performed songs from Chess, Les Misérables and Aspects of Love. There was also a world exclusive preview of the song Some Things You Just Know, performed by Louise Plowright, from Sleepless in Seattle, a new film-to-stage musical which is due to open in the West End in 2015. We had performances from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro, Hugh Maynard and the cast of Miss Saigon; the cast of Evita; Wendi Peters from the cast of White Christmas; Marti Pellow,
Louise Dearman, Daniel Boys, Lauren Samuels, James Fox, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Woman the Band (Mazz Murray, Gina Murray, Emma Kershaw) and the cast of Songs for Victory, an authentic musical stage show celebrating the glorious songs of the 1930s and 40s made famous by Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and The Andrews Sisters. All of this was highlighted by choral input from the newly formed West End Heroes Choir, made up of some of the unsung heroes of the West End – support staff in theatres, front of house, box office, stage crew, and dressers; people who are all trained actors and singers but are resting, and the West End Heroes Dancers.

Following the phenomenal success of last year’s West End Heroes debut, the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals united once again with the finest UK military bands and musicians, in stunning performances that hope to have raised £100,000 for the Help For Heroes charity.

If you didn’t get to go, but are still want to donate to Help for Heroes, you can text WESTEND to 70900 to donate £5.

Photos by Claire Bilyard