Every year, TheatreMAD presents a late night show featuring the casts of ten West End productions battling it out at a “West End Eurovision” competition. The good news? It’s all in aid of The Make A Difference Trust.
The Make A Difference Trust supports those living with HIV and AIDS, and they are supported primarily by the entertainment industry. This year, Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, Spamalot, Top Hat, Viva Forever! and Wicked came together, with each show creating hilarious video indents as well as putting on equally fun performances. Voting for your favorite indent in turn raised money for The Make A Difference Trust.
My personal favorite indent was Wicked’s The Hunger Games-inspired video. I’ve never really been a fan of The Hunger Games, but it was witty and well thought out, with Louise Dearman’s Elphaba wailing “I volunteer!”.
Other indents included The Phantom of the Opera’s weird and wonderful video of a man walking through the streets in Phantom undies, a mask and sunglasses and A Chorus Line’s creepy Saw-inspired video.
This year’s champion for the Creative Input Award was the West End newcomer Once. The charming show has quickly become a fan favorite, and their quirky James Bond video featuring Helen Mirren and a tiny remote controlled helicopter was voted as the winning indent this year. What a welcome for the show and it’s great to see that the cast is already taking part in events such as this one!
Some of the wild and wacky performances last night included Rock of Ages’ Johnny Logan tribute featuring multiple bulbs and candles, a flashback to 80s Eurovision from Spamalot, and Phantom’s interpretation of “Hard Rock Hallelujah” which won Eurovision in 2006.
West End Eurovision always proves that the London theatre community is full of multi-talented and hilarious people. It brings together performers from productions across the West End, and shows the real community spirit that the theatre scene here has. Performers here also often group together for cabarets such as “West End Bares”, midnight matinees and Les Mis vs. Phantom football games to raise money for different charities. Most recently, it seems that the West End are gearing up to come together again, as West End Serves went live on twitter.
It’s exciting to see what the West End theatre community does next, and I’m also very happy to know that I’m so involved with something which so willingly gives back so much to its fans and community.
Were you at the West End Eurovision events at the Dominion Theatre last night? Let me know what you thought in the comments!