Don’t Stop Believing is Romford performing arts group’s motto

PUBLISHED: 18:22 30 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:46 01 October 2010

Stud Nicky and his heartbroken women from the scene I Know Him So Well

Stud Nicky and his heartbroken women from the scene I Know Him So Well


A FEEL-GOOD fusion of West-End musical classics delivered by powerful voices mixed with likeable characters, a love interest and a hilarious twist went to make Don’t Stop Believing a true hit.

The musical was compiled by Romford-based performing arts group Original Talent who recently graced our TV screens in the Channel 5 talent show of the same name.

The story featured songs from popular West End and Broadway shows including Les Miserables, Grease, Blood Brothers, High School Musical, Wicked, Chicago, and Legally Blonde.

It begins with a group of performing arts students graduating from stage school and follows them as they embark on a career in the music industry through the ups and the downs dealing with issues such as relationships, drugs and sexuality.

The dance routines were executed with such precision it kept you watching wide-eyed, not wanting to miss the next move yet wanting to jump out of your seat to join them.

Applause must be given in particular to leading lady, Ann-Marie Nicholson as Summer, whose rendition of Christina Aguilera’s Nobody Wants To Be Lonely made the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Richard Butler kept the humour alive throughout the show with his character Nicky. The love ‘em and leave ‘em stud turned homosexual sent roars of laughter through the theatre with his camped up performance of There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease.

Original Talent, which formed only eight months ago, took to the stage like they’d been doing it for years.

And despite not being lucky enough to win the talent show the group are far from disheartened and are already looking towards their next competition; performing at King’s Cross on Halloween in a Glee-inspired competition.

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