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Review: Cinderella, Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex

PRINCE CHARMING ... Joe McElderry in Cinderella.

PRINCE CHARMING ... Joe McElderry in Cinderella.

 

JOE McElderry stole the hearts of everyone in pantoland as he took on the role of Prince Charming.

The star was absolutely stunning in his pantomime debut.

Joe definitely has a big future ahead of him, and hopefully he’ll tread the boards a little more.

After seeing him in Cinderella, I can certainly imagine him becoming a huge West End star.

Joe was confident and charismatic in the show, which also starred Shane Richie Jnr as Buttons.

Richie was brilliant in the comical role. He has such natural magnetism that the audience fell for him immediately.

He’s got the voice to match and really shone as he took on duets with the talented Victoria Farley, who made a beautiful Cinderella.

Ugly sisters Wendy and Gail (Nick Barclay and Howard Gossington) were hilarious.

Their big personalities captured the attention of the audience, who were in fits of laughter at their outrageous costumes, silly jokes and flirtatious behaviour with Joe and other male cast members.

Helen Colby was great as the Fairy Godmother, Jenny-Ann Topham was wonderfully wicked as Cinderella’s stepmother and David McMullan did a fantastic job as Dandini.

A troupe of dancers really added to the performance, with slick choreography and energetic routines.

The show had the perfect balance of humour for the kids and the adults, and Richie’s banter with the audience was especially cheeky.

The panto incorporated some of Joe’s own songs, Don’t Stop Believing and Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming) and his stunning voice had the audience gripped.

He also gave a beautiful rendition of Come What May, from the musical Moulin Rouge, and did a gorgeous duet with Farley with the song In Whatever Time We Have.

Audience participation was big in the show. Whether it was shouting out, playing games or chatting with the stars, the crowd was always a part of the show.

The set and costumes were beautiful and the show was second to none.

It is a long way to travel from South Tyneside, but if you have the chance, I urge you to go and see Joe in his first ever pantomime - you won’t regret it.

He’s simply amazing.

Twitter: @ShieldsGazVicki

 

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