TF: This is the fifth year I've been coming along to West End Live and the excitement leading up to the event never wavers. If you have ever been you will know what I'm talking about, but if you haven't allow me to paint you a small picture that should hopefully convince you that this is where you want to be next year...
Standing in the queue that surrounds Trafalgar Square a sea of show t-shirts sail past - Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages (to name a few I spotted) - the crowd excitedly compares which acts they have come to see that day. Then the gates open…
The weekend is full of the best of what the West End has to offer, bringing together countless musical favourites for the crowd to enjoy and introducing new shows and the stars of tomorrow.
As a massive musical theatre fan there is nothing more thrilling than having all of your favourite shows come together: I could give you a detailed description of each one but instead I'll pinpoint a few of my personal highlights from the weekend.
Firstly, I have to say whoever said you should never work with children clearly has never seen shows like Billy Elliot and Matilda, or even Thriller Live!. All three performed on both days and the children were absolutely sensational. I don't think I will ever get over how someone so small can have so much talent!
Another of my West End Live favourites are the West End Kids and Sylvia Young Theatre School because it's so important to encourage children to be involved in the arts. In a time where cuts are affecting this incredible industry these talented kids prove just why the arts are so important.
Considering all that the stars give to their audiences to provide memorable moments for a long time to come, it only seems right that West End Live gives them something too. Oliver Tompsett, Stuart Matthew Price were among many stars given the opportunity to showcase themselves as soloists.
It's also a great family day out because while you are enjoying the sensational showstoppers, you also have the opportunity to wander around the stalls that display some of London's greatest attractions, such as The London Film Museum, The Science Museum and Ripley's Believe it or Not.
Of course, none of this would be possible without Councillor Robert Davis, the creator of this magnificent event, so full credits to him and his team. Next year will mark the West End Live tenth anniversary, and I hope it will continue to run for decades to come.
- Tal Fox (@_TalFox_)