"the boys enjoy their work"
by Aline Waites for remotegoat on 12/12/17

OK EVERYBODY. This is THE ONE. Go to the Barricade Boys at The Other Palace to begin your Christmas with a swing. We know we are in for a great evening from the very beginning as they stroll on to the stage singing their exquisite version of Silent Night

These four guys are all West End leading men and as you may guess from the title of the group, they have all worked in Les Miserables so obviously here are songs from that show including, ‘One Day More’ and a rollicking version of ‘The Master of the House’.

There are some serious numbers like the Michael Jackson classic ‘The man in the Mirror’ and two heart-breaking Christmas numbers ‘I’ll be home for Christmas; and the wartime song ‘Bring Him Home’. Plus some idiotic ones like ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; complete with the practically unknown verse.

The company was started by two handsome young men Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield (who can also perform a neat Charleston if not prevented). The other two they have gathered are equally attractive and talented, Kieran Brown and Craig Mather. They are complete individuals, different from each other but their close friendship is obvious as they send each other up – apparently ad-libbing.

They are proving without doubt that operatic singers, musical theatre professionals and rock stars can doing anything they want – Their version of ’Great Balls’ of Fire got the whole audience rocking. Their greatest tour de force is their version of ‘The Bohemian Rhapsody’ – that unsingable song, which they perform brilliantly.

They are accompanied by their work by the wondrous fedora hatted piano player Noam Galperin and he is given moments of his own every so often to show off his amazing prowess on the baby grand. I believe the piano player will change from night to night and also the guest star – who on the first occasion was Michael Zavier who gave us a lovely rendering of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, after which he was thrust willy-nilly into the boys’ chaotic version of ‘Twelve days of Christmas’.

The greatest pleasure I think of this show is the relationships the boys have with each other The songs are sung accurately, professionally but above all with Heart. These are numbers they love themselves and it shows in their enjoyment – how much they love doing them. The boys enjoy their work and show it. They have a good time and so do we.

Love them all. Take the Victoria trip and be happy.

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