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COLLABRO AND THEIR GUESTS BRING THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS TO THE AUDITORIUM

A packed house was treated to a fantastic evening of music and song on Tuesday night at Grimsby Auditorium as Britain’s Got Talent Winners and multi platinum album sellers Collabro and their guests came to town.

Opening the show was Sheffield born gospel country singer Philippa Hanna whose set showcased the songwriting and vocal skills which have taken her to the top of the UK gospel charts. Highlights of her set were I Am Amazing, taken from her 2016 album Come Back Fighting, which allowed her to show her marvellously fluid voice to maximum effect and Arrow which has a great up-beat Country vibe and an inspirational message well suited to her Christian background.

Collabro are everyone’s favourite masters of the big show tune that goes like this, starts off soft and low, and ends up with a kiss and this evening they delivered a masterclass in showmanship with a fine six piece band, elegant staging and costumes and a setlist that ranged from Les Miserables to Miss Saigon taking in Wicked, The Lion King, Phantom and lots of other modern musical theatre favourites on the way as well as pop hits like the Mumfords’ I Will Wait and a lively Don’t Rain On My Parade.

Their main set ended with Stars, the tune which first brought them to our attention and then we were treated to a fantastic encore which climaxed with a crimson jacketed December 1963 (Oh What A Night) that had the audience up on its feet and dancing to the Jersey Boys classic.

The nicest surprise of the evening was Collabro’s special guest, Mansfield born Carly Paoli who is one of those fortunate artists whose talent allows them to excel across genres. She has a cool precision that’s well suited to the classical repertoire but also the emotional expressiveness required for musical theatre.

Having fallen in love with the classic film musicals at home she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and she’s certainly a performer whose star is on the rise, having duetted with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo and had one of her own songs, Ave Maria, selected by the Vatican as the official song for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy.

She first appeared to join Collabro for a stunning Over The Rainbow and then treated us to a selection of tunes from her recently released debut album Singing My Dreams. She’s due to headline a show at the Cadogan Hall in London on February 15th 2018 – and it promises to be a great show at one of the most famous venues in the capital.

Not bad for a little girl from Mansfield who fell in love with the magic of the great MGM musicals and never looked back! We’re sure that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future!

Favourite Ballets Coming To The Auditorium in December

There’s a fabulous weekend of dance in prospect at the beginning of December when Grimsby Auditorium plays host to two of the world’s best loved ballets – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (on Friday 1st) and Swan Lake (Sunday 3rd).

Both are directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky and performed by the company and orchestra of The Russian State Ballet and Opera House.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely one can easily be mistaken for the other. It’s a tragic romance in which a princess is turned into a swan by an evil curse and captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

And of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker.

Based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. Expect snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats and more.

To book tickets call
Box Office: 0300 300 0035
Book on line
www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
or book in person at the Grimsby Auditorium pay cash for no booking or transaction fees
or call into the Cleethorpes TIC
*Booking/transaction fee may apply

Fit To Party Halloween Style At Grimsby Auditorium

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Fitness fanatics, dancercisers and martial artists are all invited to come on down to the Auditorium on Monday 30th October to join in with the Lincs Inspire Fit To Party charity event.

Those attending can expect fun, fitness, flashing lights and a party atmosphere in the three gigantic group exercise classes and on the eve of Halloween, fancy dress is optional, but it would be great for people to get into the spirit and make this the spookiest Fit To Party yet!

You can get fighting fit from 6pm to 6.40pm in a high energy Body Combat class then join in some hip swirling Zumba from 6.45pm to 7.25pm. From 7.30pm to 8.10pm get the glow sticks out for Clubbercise and have fun getting fit with an easy to follow dance workout.

The classes cost £2 for one class, £3 for two classes or £5 for all three classes and funds raised from the event will be split equally between The Health Tree Foundation and the Lincs Inspire Charitable Trust.

Grimsby Leisure Centre’s changing and showering facilities will be available to use following the event.

To book call in to a leisure centre or contact Lincs Inspire on:
Grimsby Leisure Centre: 01472 323500
Cleethorpes Leisure Centre: 01472 323200.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Tribute To Stevie Wonder

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Grimsby Auditorium plays host to an evening of the music of the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Stevie Wonder is one of the most successful performers of the century, selling over 100 million records worldwide in a career that has spanned nearly sixty years.
If you love the man and his music then you’ll love Signed, Sealed delivered – A Tribute To Stevie Wonder.
Featuring back to back number ones including the Grammy award winning Signed, Sealed, Delivered as well as Superstition, Higher Ground, Master Blaster, Sir Duke, Part Time Lover, Isn’t She Lovely, and the biggest international hit of all time – I just Called To Say I Love You, plus many, many more!
To ensure audiences are dancing in the aisles the show features American singing superstar Lejaune André who will be joined on stage by a fabulous seven piece band, outstanding backing vocalists and top dancers.

So get ready for the wonder that is Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

To book tickets call
Box Office: 0300 300 0035
Book on line www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
Or book in person at the Grimsby Auditorium pay cash for no booking or transaction fees
Or call into the Cleethorpes TIC
*Booking/transaction fee may apply
Restoration levy included

Texas to play the Auditorium in September

Texas are one of the most successful British bands of the past thirty years. They formed in Glasgow in 1986 and since then they’ve released a string of hit albums and singles. They’ve sold 40 million albums, have had thirteen UK top ten singles, three UK number one albums and eight UK top ten albums.

Their debut album Southside, released in 1989, reached number three in the UK and number 88 in the US and in 1997 White On Blonde became their biggest success to date, entering the UK Albums Chart at number one. To date it has been certified six times platinum.

Follow up The Hush (1999) was also successful, topping the album charts again and certified triple platinum. The band’s Greatest Hits album, released in 2000, was another big seller, again debuting at number one and also being certified six times platinum.

Singer Sharleen Spiteri has enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Melody, in 2008.

The band’s ninth studio album, Jump On Board was released in May this year. Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Spiteri herself, it’s the first new Texas studio album since 2013’s The Conversation and has been acclaimed as a pop classic.

The new single is Work It Out, with a great video featuring Thierry Henry and there’s another video to watch out for, for Tell That Girl, which features Rory McCann (who plays the Hound on TV’s Game Of Thrones) on drums.

Texas play Grimsby Auditorium on September 20th.

For more information on the tour and on Texas go to their website at www.texas.uk.com. For tickets go to www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk.

Something Tells Me Something’s Gonna Happen …

If you’re a fan of 60s hits or 80s TV or if you just love fantastic music and a great show then you should take a look at Cilla And The Shades Of The Sixties which visits Grimsby Auditorium on Friday 24th March.

It’s a hugely entertaining stage show for families and pop fans of all ages, a fabulous musical tribute to the songs of Cilla Black and the many artists and songwriters who changed the world of popular entertainment during the 1960s.

The show is fronted by the effervescent Liverpudlian singer and actress Victoria Jones who, along with the Shades Trio, will take audiences on a musical journey through Cilla’s life and some of the biggest chart hits of the era.

Classic hit songs such as Alfie, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Step Inside Love and many more will also celebrate the great songwriting partnerships of the time including Lennon/McCartney, Bacharach/David, Lamont/Dozier/Holland, and Greenaway/Cook.

Victoria Jones will also take the audience down memory lane reliving some of the most popular aspects of Cilla’s stellar career such as Blind Date – which ran for a record breaking 18 years – and her own hit TV show.

It sounds like it’ll be a great show and you can see Victoria talking about what it’s like to play a scouse icon here.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from the Auditorium Box Office on 0300 300 0035. There’s more information and online booking at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

Keep On Climbing

Singing sensation Joe McElderry heading for the Auditorium in August

It has been a busy few months for X Factor winner Joe McElderry. He’s been back in the studio recording his new album Saturday Night At The Movies, scheduled for release in July but available for pre release on iTunes on Mothers Day and there’s a new single, Gloria, written by renowned songwriter and 10CC front man Graham Gouldman, released on March 6th.

The album includes iconic hits from film and theatre including I’m into Something Good, Love is All Around and Daydream Believer as well as the new single.

Number 1 and platinum selling artist Joe has already released four top 20 albums, two of which reached the UK top three. His debut single The Climb went to the top of the charts and was nominated for the Best British Single BRIT award in 2010.

To celebrate the release of his fifth studio album Joe will embark on a nationwide live tour where he will be joined on stage by special guests, X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels and Any Dream Will Do runners up Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis who have all featured in the musical phenomenon that is Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

You can catch the tour at the Grimsby Auditorium on Friday 11th August.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from the Auditorium Box Office on 0300 300 0035. There’s more information and online booking at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

Wonderland at Grimsby Auditorium

Alice isn’t a little girl any more. In fact it’s her fortieth birthday and it’s not going well. Her car has been stolen from outside her desolate tower block, she’s been fired from her job, there’s nothing in for tea and she has fallen out with her own daughter. Oh yes and her ex-husnad, with whom she is secretly still in love, is getting remarried.

Sounds like a cue for a song.

At least it does if you’re ready to be transported to Wonderland – but it’s not the old fashioned pastel hued Tenniel Wonderland we’re talking about here. It’s not Disney either and it’s definitely not Tim Burton.

This is a new, urban, technicolour Wonderland inhabited by a delightfully frenzied Cheshire Cat, a soulful caterpillar with some very chic detachable legs, a Mad Hatter with ideas above her station, a narcoleptic Dormouse, and a cunning White Rabbit who used to be a judge. There’s also a torch singing Queen of Hearts played by Wendy Peters (that’s Cilla from Corrie to you and me, and she’s in the image below) who steals the show with her off with their heads routine.

It’s full of great music too, (by Frank Wildhorn with lyrics by Jack Murphy), more pop than traditional stage musical, with a boy band number here, a power ballad there and a tea table that doubles as a disco floor. But with some of the best sets and costumes you’ll ever see this is a show that looks great and sounds great and it’s definitely well worth a visit to the Auditorium.

Wonderland runs at Grimsby Auditorium until Saturday 4th March. Tickets are available from the Auditorium website – www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

Aladdin: Grimsby Auditorium – review

There’s a feast of laughter, music and dance at the Grimsby Auditorium for the next fortnight when this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, takes to the stage. It’s a fun packed show with something for all the family and it’ll make a perfect Christmas treat for any child, young or old, who still believes in the magical power that can lurk in the most unassuming looking old oil lamps.

There are fantastic song and dance numbers, some ridiculously ribticulous jokes, plenty of good old fashioned slapstick, plus magic, sword fights and of course true romance. There’s plenty of audience participation too and on the night we were there the adults were shouting just as loud as the kids!

When the curtain rises we’re in downtown Peking and there’s trouble brewing on the Street of a Thousand Goldfish because our eponymous hero, the boy Aladdin, played with style and panache by Mary Viscomi, has been seen climbing the palace garden walls to get a glimpse of Lydia Rose Berties’ gorgeously irresistible Princess Baldroubadour. Unfortunately the punishment for setting eyes on her royal personage is beheading and Aladdin spends much of his time avoiding the attention of the guards. Between peeping and hiding he doesn’t have much time to put in a shift at his mother’s laundry.

There’s a terrifying villain of course in the form of Abanazar, played by Coronation Street’s Nigel Pivaro, with more cackle than you can shake a stick at, some excellent local dancers, a disco powered genie who’s ready to burst into song at any moment and, stealing all the best scenes, two locally born performers who are returning to perform in their home town for the first time, Phil Hoyles as the devastatingly glamorous washer woman Widow Twankey, owner of some of the most outrageous outfits ever to grace a Lincolnshire stage, and Gareth Bennett-Ryan as her eldest son and brother of the show’s hero, Wishee Washee (altogether now He’s quite dishy).

We went down to the opening night and had a fantastic time, oh yes we did, particular highlights being the washing of the royal smalls (rub a dub dub, scrub a dub dub and don’t let them touch the floor) and the moment when, having travelled to Egypt by flying carpet our heroes find themselves sharing a pyramid with a inquisitive mummy.

So if you fancy for taking the kids for a marvellous evening of traditional seasonal theatre then the Auditorium is your place to be until December 26th and if you haven’t got any kids then borrow some. If you’re arriving in style there’s a special raised area for parking carpets but however you get there you’re sure of a great night because this Aladdin is definitely a pantomime not to be missed.

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Aladdin is at Grimsby Auditorium until December 26th

To book tickets call Box Office: 0300 300 0035
Book on line at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
Or book in person at the Grimsby Auditorium pay cash for no booking or transaction fees
Or call into the Cleethorpes TIC
*Booking/transaction fee may apply
Restoration levy included

A Whiz Of A Wiz (If Ever A Wiz There Was)

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There was a fantastic night of singing and dancing last night as the Grimsby Auditorium and Lincs Inspire Summer Youth Musical – The Wizard Of Oz – took to the stage. It’s the thirteenth year of the Musical and this year’s effort was a great success despite the full cast having been together for only ten days of rehearsals.

Based on the John Kane adaptation for the RSC of Arlen and Yarburg’s film score the show is a chance to revisit all your favourite moments from the film, and to revisit some of cinema’s best loved characters including Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man.

It was also a rare chance to see some less well known moments that were cut from the film including the Tin Man’s back story and the Jitterbug sequence in which the Wicked Witch of The East releases weaponised dance insects (yes really) on the travellers to tire them out and make them easier to capture.

The result is nothing short of a triumph with excellent performances from the principals, a chorus that’s bursting with enthusiasm and energy, a top class orchestra in the pit and terrific sets and costumes creating a spectacle that was great fun for audience and performers alike.

The Wizard Of Oz is on for two more performances today (Saturday 8th August) at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available on the Auditorium website or on the door or by clicking the heels of your ruby slippers together and saying there’s no place like home.