AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best performance of a song in 2018 so far

We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Tight Connection To My Heart by Sheila Atim from Girl From The North Country is the previous winner in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 performances of a song of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year

Underwater (Sharon D. Clarke, Caroline, Or Change, next Playhouse Theatre) Review Tickets 

We said: ‘There’s a section at the end of this two-hour-and-25-minute musical, including interval, where D.Clarke (Sharon, pictured) sings so well and with such emotion that the audience adulation is deafening.’

17 (Heathers, next Theatre Royal Haymarket) Review Tickets

We said: ‘This musical retains the anarchic spirit of the original film, the cast is, to use the show’s own language, so very, but it’s the audience buzz that you won’t fail to get caught up in.’

Be a Dentist (Matt Willis, Little Shop Of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) Review Tickets

We said: ‘It’s a role that’s more than matched by Matt Willis from Busted as the evil dentist boyfriend of Audrey’s who boasts a maniacal laugh and fondness for nitrous oxide that renders him pure Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest goes Twin Peaks.’

Finale/Don’t Feed the Plants (Little Shop Of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) Review Tickets

We said: ‘It is the casting of Vicky Vox, a member of the band Tranzkuntinental, in her 1st stage role that is the absolute making of this show however. She’s essentially Divine‘s sassier and more fabulous daughter.’

Love Is In The Air (Strictly Ballroom, Piccadilly Theatre) Review Tickets

We said: ‘Joyous signature song Love Is In The Air frames proceedings and Cyndi Lauper’s touching Time After Time is also used well.’

On our radar for the next 6 months are Sylvia (Old Vic), Company (Gielgud Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Coliseum) and The Band (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

  • Picture by Johan Persson via Facebook courtesy Strictly Ballroom – the musical.
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