The last thing I was expecting when I walked into the Landor was to nearly bump into Stephen Fry, though admittedly I probably should have anticipated his presence. It was still kinda cool though. Anyhoo, as I believe I already mentioned, I was kinda kicking myself for booking the ticket to see Stevie Webb in the ‘A Spotlight On…’ series given that the Landor is so damn far away, but I’m glad I made it in the end. It was a fun night, the music was great and I do love intimate cabaret shows. He interspersed his numbers with titbits of information about his life and his career (spanning twenty years! I know he started young (age 8), but he only looks about 16!) as well as answering some audience questions which was surprisingly entertaining. Over the course of the evening I discovered that he’s planning an album, which is quite exciting and that he’s in another new musical starting at the end of the month called After The Turn. Assuming its not too far away (since I promised myself I need to lessen the number of people I’ll go off the beaten track to stalk) I really must add it to my ‘to see’ list.
Anyhoo, he was joined by a few special guests, the first of which was Sarah Lark with whom he performed a version of Music Of The Night. I have the feeling I’ve heard of her before, but she’s now earned a well deserved place on my ‘wow’ list. She was absolutely fantastic and has a stunning voice. I also think she’d make a wonderful Christine. She performed again later, singing Suddenly Seymour (or Suddenly Stevie!) which just cemented my opinion of her brilliance. Another guest, who acted as MD, was Chris Passey. He sang a little at the end, but mostly contributed music. One track in particular was about Stevie’s mum and he got rather emotional about it. It was really rather sweet. The third guest was Dougal Irvine with whom he performed Do You Know What I Think Of You from Departure Lounge. I was actually surprised by quite how much I enjoyed the performance and how much it made me miss that show. It wasn’t even about Liam, really, I just think it’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Incidentally, it also made me want to go back to the Edinburgh Fringe even more.
Other than all that, he did a song called Home that I’m sure I’ve heard at least once before, but I can’t for the life of me work out where from. It was nice though. He also performed Jesus Is A Jew which I’ve heard Scott Garnham perform twice in the past month or so and which STILL makes me laugh. He mentioned Les Mis a few times as a powerful show for him personally and eventually he performed Empty Chairs At Empty Tables (I still smile whenever it gets to the bit where Liam and co. appear during the real show). He told is that he almost performed it with Alfie Boe this evening but it didn’t work out which is a shame as it would have been epic. (He also mentioned that he nearly sang it at Alfie’s show, so I wonder if that means I wouldn’t have seen Tom from McFly if he had? Not that it makes a difference as I’m off to see McFly on tour in Manchester in March! Woot! I’m not really that much of a fan, but I’ve got a few weeks to learn their songs and I couldn’t resist the temptation to book while they’re performing in such small venues. Now I just need to bring my opera glasses so I can spend the whole show ogling Harry Judd ).
Anyway, back to Stevie! I haven’t listed everything that he sang, but I’ve mentioned a fair few. The encore was Dougal Irvine’s We Rule The World which is apparently the original final track from Departure Lounge. Stevie mentioned that they’d planned to perform it on the final night of DL but it never quite happened. I have to admit, I’m rather sorry about that. Anyhoo, it was actually rather interesting hearing more about his life and career, particularly as he only made it onto my radar when he did Departure Lounge. He’s also quite a charismatic guy and seems to be genuinely lovely.
I couldn’t decide about stage dooring at first since there was no programme to sign, but decided to see what time it finished. In the end, the show ended a little before 9:30 so I figured I may as well stick around since I still wanted to go home via the Shaftesbury, which wouldn’t kick out for another hour. I grabbed a flyer for Stevie to autograph and he was more than happy to sign and pose for a picture. Still don’t think he recognises me, but I’ve given up on that. Liam and Jack do and I shall have to content myself with that. I also got a picture with Dougal Irvine, though he seemed a little startled by the request. Incidentally, I’ve been meaning to buy Chris Passey’s album for months, ever since I found out that Liam Tamne sang on one of the tracks. They were selling them at the box office this evening so not only did I buy one, I also got Chris to sign it, though I missed out on a photo because I was too busy with Stevie Webb.
Anyhoo, I headed into town after that, but I was so early that I went for a bit of a walk through the West End. I know I say this a lot, but DAMN I love my city. I wandered along the strand, then up through Covent Garden, listened to a couple of buskers and drooled over some shiny shoes in the window of Kurt Geiger. I then headed to the Shaftesbury via Seven Dials and the rather swanky shops along the way. It was cold, but dry and it was a really lovely way to kill half an hour. I love London, I really do. The stage door at the Shaftebury was rather less successful than I’d hoped. Justin Lee Collins apparently always sneaks out the side door and Oliver Tompsett was off sick. I did get a photo with Rohan Tickell (who played Hertz) as well as another, admittedly rather lovely, picture with Dylan Turner (who I’d actually really like to see as Stacee Jaxx now. I know he was on this evening and I was kinda sorry to have missed it, but I really can’t justify another trip any time soon, even if I had the time, which I don’t. It’s all so very complicated!) and an unfortunately somewhat blurred one with Simon Lipkin, but I’m not sure it was really worth getting home over an hour later than I could have and standing out in the cold for forty five minutes.
Still, it was a good day and I did enjoy my walk, so no huge loss.
Peace, loVe loVe and seriously numb fingers,
PPS. I will get better with posting blogs again, I promise! I’ve got a few almost ready to go, so I’ll be adding some back-dated ones over the next week or so. The America Trip blogs are… still coming .
PPS. I now have two more potential readers. Well I suspect they won’t actually read it, but two more people I actually know now have the URL for this place. I didn’t really mean for it to happen, but I talk about it a fair bit and it was mostly just funny watching one of them try and find it. Unfortunately the other one knows me a bit better and once I mentioned Liam by name (though I didn’t actually specify what his surname is) he found it in seconds! I’d say that I’m more predictable than I thought, but I know exactly how predictable I am! Oh well, the more the merrier!