90 Glorious Years is a non-stop Musical Spectacular presented by and starring Neil Sands, assisted by Gemma Turner, Angie Diggens, Jim Edmunds and Phil Segon – The Golden Times Duo. I had the pleasure of seeing this spectacular music extravaganza with my wife, brother and sister in law on the Queens actual birthday on 21st April at Andover Lights Theatre.
I thoroughly recommend this Review to all and the full list of venues, dates and Theatres can be found at the link attached. The show itself was a non-stop ‘end to end’ popular music spectacle beautifully and professionally presented by the performers. Commencing in the 1920s, when her Majesty the Queen was born, then musically travelling through all the decades of the Queens reign till the present day. We never stopped tapping our feet and singing to almost every song in the show. Neil is a superb showman of the old school with sensitive humour and friendliness he constantly encouraged audience participation. In fact, he thrives on it and makes everyone in the audience feel involved with his enthusiasm. We sang nearly every song and felt somewhat like part of Gareth Malone’s ‘Peoples Choir’.
As for solo performances the ‘star of the show’ for me personally was Gemma Turner. Her pure Soprano tones bring a lump to the throat and her classical renditions were just spell-binding. Then as if showcasing her talent Angie Diggens rendered a Lulu Classic as good as the artist herself. Oozing professionalism with the silky smooth texture of her dulcet tones, cheeky expressions and perfect precision and timing. Her tribute to Cilla Black was also particularly nostalgically enchanting.
This production is undoubtedly by the UK’s leading matinee nostalgia show producers and it is evident from the start that Neil Sands is inviting the audience to join him and his wonderful West End cast to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday year in truly patriotic and nostalgic style.
Neil has drawn on many years of experience in the industry to put together a show befitting of this magical occasion; the show covers nine decades of Her Majesty’s illustrious life, from the Roaring Twenties, the Fabulous Forties, The Rocking Fifties and the Swinging Sixties, more recent show favourites, a rousing selection from Last Night of the Proms, and a flag waving finale paying tribute to the veterans of her Armed Forces.
The Golden Times Duo provided backing music for the performance with stirring renditions of many of Her Majesty’s favourites. Their versatile repertoire included numbers made famous by the likes of Tommy Steele, Shirley Bassey, Vera Lynn, Max Bygraves and much more.
Neil told us “This shows gives what many of a certain age regard as ‘propoer entertainment,’ a chance to come out during the day and have a fun filled afternoon, hopefully bringing you many happy memories and still be home in time for tea!” I agree and you will too, for the wonderful voices, stunning costumes and good old fashioned fun on offer make this the perfect nostalgic way to celebrate her Majesty’s and our own family memories.
Neil and his cast are taking this production on a 40 date nationwide tour which started on 18th. April at Basildon Towngate Theatre and finishes at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange on 7th September 2016. In between those dates and venues, the show will continue travelling around England and Wales throughout the summer and will be at a Theatre near you. I recommend you don’t miss it. I’ve already booked again to see it at the Regis Theatre, Bognor – happy days!
To discover more about this sumptuous festival of nostalgia, Her Majesty and all things British, click on the link below for all the tour dates, venues and to book tickets.
All areas of the UK will be visited for Afternoon matinee performances see these dates: