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Fundraise on the First: Talented cast wow audience as Nights on Broadway kicks off

PUBLISHED: 10:27 03 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:27 03 September 2015

The cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

The cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

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The energy and soaring vocals of some of our best-loved musicals were strikingly recreated at a charity concert.

Shaun Lee performing in Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside TheatreShaun Lee performing in Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

Brookside Theatre kicked off its new show Nights on Broadway yesterday, a celebration of the West End and its American counterpart.

The production, running until Saturday, is being staged in aid of the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign with children’s charity First Step.

Opening night saw a full audience pile into the theatre, in Eastern Road, Romford, to eagerly await the evening’s entertainment and the talented cast did not disappoint.

Made up of some of Brookside’s regular performers as well as Havering residents, the cast kicked off with a rendition of Magic to Do from Pippin before launching into Just Arrived from Copacabana.

The cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside TheatreThe cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

And for the next two hours, we were entertained with exhilarating numbers from just about every musical you could think of.

Energetic choreography was no problem for the cast, who impressed with their moves during songs such as Dancing in the Street, featured in Motown musical Dancing in the Streets, and Journey’s classic Don’t Stop Believin’, from Rock of Ages.

Weaved between these toe-tapping numbers were songs which pulled at the heartstrings, many of which were performed by soloists or members of ensembles, who showed off their faultless voices.

These included Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon’s Bui-Doi, I Know Him So Well, from Chess, and Once’s Falling Slowly.

Dinah O’Brien performing in Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside TheatreDinah O’Brien performing in Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

Brookside’s manager and deputy manager, husband and wife team Jai and Harri Sepple, who have put in hours of work into the production, also showed off their talents.

Harri sang in numbers such as Make Him Mine, from The Witches of Eastwick, while Jai appeared in a memorable rendition of Spamalot’s Song That Goes Like This.

Those of us in the audience were invested in the show throughout, clapping along, pulling some moves of our own in our chairs and joining in with the encore.

Nights on Broadway proved to be a fantastic evening of musical fun and an incredible fundraiser for our campaign with First Step.

The cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside TheatreThe cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

Tickets are still available for the remaining performances, taking place at 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.

There is also a matinee at 2pm on Saturday.

Call 01708 755775, email info@brooksidetheatre.com or visit brooksidetheatre.com.

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