American Performing Arts International are back at Symposium Hall (Venue 43) with The Best of the West End, and once again their show is a pure joy to watch and listen to.
From the moment the seven performers stepped on stage to sing their first number, appropriately enough, “Hello” from The Book of Mormon, the audience were captivated. I call them “performers” rather than “singers” as all of the numbers were definitely performed not just sung, with feeling from the heart and soul, whether it was a comedy, romance or tragic song.
There were quite a few songs I wasn’t familiar with, as the musicals they come from haven’t made their way to Edinburgh yet, so it was useful to have a projection above the stage giving the name of the song and the show, with a photo of the scene it comes from.
The performers gave it their all (and their all is exceptionally good) through comic numbers from Spamalot and Matilda, through the romance of Phantom of the Opera and The Secret Garden, to the tear-jerking tragedy of Les Miserables. While all of the songs were superb, the show-stopping moments and the loudest applause and cheers belonged to Cameron Cahoon, with “Til I Hear You Sing” from Love Never Dies, and “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables.
APAI have another two shows at this year’s Fringe – American Broadway Hits and All Time Greatest Hits, both also at Venue 43. They’re only here until 12th August, so try and get a ticket for any of their shows – or better still, all three of them!
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