Last night Paul and I went to see Ellen Greene perform her Torch show at the New Players Theatre. She has performed this nightclub act all over the world and finally was making it to London. Lucky London, I say.
Ellen Greene is perhaps most famous for portraying Audrey in the 1986 cult classic Little Shop Of Horrors including her show stopping songs Somewhere That's Green and Suddenly, Seymour both penned by the wonderful Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
Last night's performance demonstrated Ellen's experience as a stage performer. She simply shone as she treated us to a diverse selection of music, ranging from jazz classics to more recent pop: Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Queen were just some of the artists that Ellen covered. She was funny, energetic and disarmingly vulnerable. Her unique vocal style was engaging at least, brilliant at best and her emotional range meant our hearts were singing one minute, breaking the next.
Go see. On until the 27th June.