Reviewed By Ksenya Gray
30th October 2016
Reviewer rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
On Sunday, 30th October 2016, musical theatre fans gathered in the cramped studio above The Arts Theatre for Sunday in the Arts: An Evening with Anthony Williamson and Emma Ralston. The duo, who are no strangers to world of cabarets, hosted a special two hour Halloween show jam packed with hilarity and remixes of beloved musical theatre songs.
Anthony and Emma, under the musical direction of Michael Webborn, flipped the typical cabaret formula on its head and created a whole production ‘inspired’ by E4’s Stage School. The pair had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands from the moment they appeared on stage with their opening number: ‘Ten Stagey Commandments’.
Throughout the evening, the pair were joined by three special guests: Natalie McQueen (currently in Murder Ballad); Cellen Chugg Jones; and Adam Bailey. Although all three are undeniably talented, the stand out performance was Natalie’s rendition of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman. Completely revamping it and making the song gritty and rock ‘n’ roll. Bear in mind, she only had a piano accompanying her.
Unfortunately, what really let the evening down was all the dialogue in between the numbers. There were moments where it seemed as though the pair were completely unprepared, even thought it was quite structured.
That being said, An Evening with Anthony Williamson and Emma Ralston is well worth the price of admission. You never know what you’re going to get!
Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyCdSFfFikbIg-Wj6Mp9UZw