Playlist: Queen’s Theatre’s executive director Mathew Russell shares his top 10 all-time favourite songs
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 February 2017
This week, Queen’s Theatre’s executive director Mathew Russell picked his top 10 favourite songs.
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.
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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