For one night only, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball played to a US audience in New York City. Our NYC reporter, Roberta Kappus was on hand and kindly sent this review:
After a four and a half month hiatus from the Together tour, Alfie Boe joined Michael Ball last night for the only US performance of this UK sellout show. Alfie’s return to the stage was as though he had never left. It was a show and performance worthy of Broadway. The singing was priceless, the dancing precisely synchronised and the overall evening just amazing.
Alfie’s versatility and talent were on display throughout the show from the opening song of Somewhere to the closing song of New York, New York which was greatly appreciated by the New Yorkers in the audience and by the sound of the applause by many others. In between there was a full array of songs running from the classic Les Mis medley to Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds, a personal favourite, to Love Reign O’er Me, another favourite. Two more additions to the UK set list were Anthem and Luck Be A Lady Tonight. All were brilliant additions – if some songs were dropped I could not name them. Through the magic of Alfie’s voice I was just transported from one enthralling song to another during this incredible evening. There were numerous standing ovations, amongst them Anthem, Love Reign O’er Me, and the Les Mis medley.
Throughout the show Alfie was totally relaxed, very comfortable in his role as singer and entertainer and very much enjoying himself. Towards the beginning of Love Reign O’er Me there was a problem with the piano which Alfie noticed instantly. As technicians rushed onto the stage Alfie very comfortably went into several minutes of comedic ad libbing. Alfie was so successful in distracting the audience that several people around me thought it was part of the act. To me it was another example of Alfie’s assurance as an entertainer in capturing and holding the audience’s attention regardless of circumstances.
Anyone who had not previously seen this show would not have noticed that some of the comedic moments had been dropped. However the poor woman leaving for the ladies’ room was spotted and asked why she had not gone before the show by Alfie. Alfie’s trouble mounting the chair and Michael’s assistance in the first act was replaced by Alfie simply sliding off a stool. However Michael’s praise of Alfie had Alfie running back onto the stage to give Michael a big kiss on the cheek to much laughter.
The show took place just 24 hours after the Manchester attack and before the show began, a moment of silence was observed. Another sombre moment was acknowledged during the Bond medley when Sir Roger Moore’s (who passed away yesterday) photo was shown.
It was truly lovely to have Alfie in New York again. He more than lived up to the expectations I had from seeing Together in the UK. I was not alone as the audience showed its appreciation through numerous standing ovations. For me Alfie’s versatility as a singer, actor and entertainer was highlighted by the fact that I had just seen him ten days ago in English National Opera’s Carousel. I am still overwhelmed by the transition I witnessed from Billy Bigelow to Alfie Boe. What an evening to remember. Thank you, Alfie Boe and please come back.
Thank you Roberta for a truly wonderful review – New York, New York was the perfect song to end with.
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Wonderful review, Roberta. Aren’t you lucky to have seen him so often! I was happy to read some of the coverage their concert got through online interviews-I hope, as I’m sure do they, that it will lead to some more NA opportunities.
Fantastic review, Roberta. Reading it makes me wish all the more that I could have been there. Maybe they’ll bring it back again. Thanks for bringing it to life.,
Lovely review, thanks Roberta, fabulous night indeed xx
Brilliant review Roberta!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us all. I could almost feel the atmosphere and especially the joy you were clearly feeling. Sounds like Alfie was / is on top form and that a fabulous night was had by all. Thank you once again for sharing the experience – I loved reading it!!!
Thank you so much – could see it so clearly in my minds eye.
What a brilliant review Roberta. Thank you!
Fabulous review, Roberta! So happy for this duo. Can’t wait for the summer shows to start.