Playlist: Queen’s Theatre’s executive director Mathew Russell shares his top 10 all-time favourite songs

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 February 2017

Queen's Theatre executive director Mathew Russell.

Queen's Theatre executive director Mathew Russell.


This week, Queen’s Theatre’s executive director Mathew Russell picked his top 10 favourite songs.

Katy Perry. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA ImagesKaty Perry. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

Moon River – Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer

Totally and indescribably romantic (and like many songs, reminds me of a great moment in the theatre.

Electricity – Elton John/Lee Hall

I love the raw and inspirational emotion this describes of how Billy Elliot (a favourite film) feels when dancing.

Tim Minchin. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA ImagesTim Minchin. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

Unworthy of Your Love – Stephen Sondheim

A deceptively beautiful ballad by our greatest living musical theatre composer, but layered with meaning in a show about the assassination of American presidents!

Firework – Katy Perry

A rallying cry that everyone we know is a rather magnificent person, whilst musically capturing the explosive spirit of fireworks themselves.

Close to You – Karen Carpenter

Hauntingly sung this captures so many moments of being in love.

The Best of Times – Jerry Herman

An anthem to theatre, friendship and fading summers by the sea – and a perfect singalong ending to a musical evening.

Seasons of Love – Jonathan Larson

Many fond memories of this choral tour de force, calling us to measure a year in moments of love.

Winner Takes It All – Abba

Who wouldn’t want to be Meryl Streep, wrapped in a red shawl, running up a hillside pathway in the Greek sunset – oh, right, only me then…

Reach for the Stars – S Club 7

There are many quotes about dreamers reaching for the stars, and hey, this may be a bit cheesy, but I like the sentiment. Played fast as a tune to dance too, and slowed down as a hymn of encouragement.

When I Grow Up – Tim Minchin

Simple, heartfelt, emotionally sincere and already a classic. This always brings a tear to my eye, so I’ll finish on that note.

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