Mercury Musical Developments is going from strength to strength - the new Soho Song Cycle that previewed last night was a perfect gem! There is something very special about watching a song cycle about a place and then walking out into the night to the very place that all the songs were about. Soho is of course one of my favourite haunts in the West End.
Andrew Brinded was chosen by MMD to create a book for the song cycle, so that the songs had a framework, he also created a blue print for the characters he wanted songs about. There were some wonderful songs by well known writers like Styles and Drew (I Wish, I Wish), Tim Sutton (Saturday Night In), Alexander S Bermange (It's Hard to be an Artist) as well as some beautiful songs by new writers - especially Self Respect by Christopher Ash and Carl Miller (about Monica and her gay lover Ronnie Kray) and Andrew Brinded's own poignant song -Sarah's Song. Both Self Respect and Sarah's song were sung by the glorious Claire Moore. The rest of the cast were Michael Cantwell, Niamh Perry and James Gillan. It was a really strong cast taking us on the Soho journey through the wild and wonderful lives that that graced our city streets.
There was excellent direction from Simon Greiff and MD Sarah Travis drove the show forward with complete brilliance and artistry with the fabulous guitarist John Gregson at her side!
It is only on until 3rd March and really must not be missed - you can go straight to the Soho Ticket page here