Lost In Music, One Night at the Disco,’ showcases the incredible era of disco that peaked in 1977, having grown in popularity over the years. A genre of music that was (and still is), full of energy, with the original intention of increasing expression for many marginalised groups in society, it is now one of the fondest genres of music we look back on. With an increasing number of cover bands of varying talent addressing this genre over the years, I was keen to watch ‘Lost In Music, One Night at the Disco’ to see how this performance compared to others and I was certainly not disappointed.
The entire show was a very positive ‘nod’ to this wonderful era. The show was essentially a tribute to the music of the 70s disco. However, the word ‘tribute’ does not really acknowledge or do justice to these performers by any stretch of the imagination. The performers on stage were ultimately talented musicians and vocalists in their own right and the show demonstrated that this genre of music is still very much adored by an audience in 2020. With music from the disco greats such as Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge, Chic and Donna Summer to name but a few, the vocalists were all power houses, with absolutely no exception.
Vernon Lewis, who sang many lead vocals throughout the night, provided the audience with an incredible party atmosphere on stage. With musicality in abundance, a fantastic vocal range and a stage presence that interacted positively with the entire audience he was a joy to watch. It was hardly surprising to read that he had toured with the likes of Ben E King and Jocelyn Brown. His male counterpart was the cool, calm and collected Mark Aygei whose voice portrayed evidence of gospel routes as well as RnB. His warmth, and effortless falsetto took you right back to the 70s.
The three females, Ellie J Walters, Jennifer Wallace and Natalie Colins were spectacular. They had the hair, the glitter and sequins in abundance and added to the party feel on stage. Each a talented performer, they could sing, dance and engage, again very dynamically with the audience. Stand out songs from the women were ‘The Last Dance’ and ‘We are Family’. The sheer sense of joy they shared with the audience when performing, was infectious.
It would be remiss not to acknowledge the band supporting these powerhouses on stage. They were undoubtedly essential to the vocalist’s success. The brass section was spectacular and Emma Byrne on Saxophone was central to the energy of this trio. Lead guitarist was the charismatic Keith Atack (and the wonderful Emily Atacks father) whose career started during this era when he topped the charts with his band ‘Child’- a man born to perform on stage.
The audience were instantly connected with the music and began singing from the opening number and many very keen to get up and dance too. This was a challenge for the theatre staff to manage but as the evening progressed the majority of the audience were singing, dancing and often both and the theatre staff dealt with this very well.
Produced and created by James Taylor, Lost In Music is a night that showcases this genre of music to the max. If you want to dance sing and throw yourself in to this fabulous era I would urge you to see this feel good performance. It is in fact far from ‘lost’ and would guarantee a big smile on the faces of anyone in the audience. I would definitely see this again.
The tour continues across the UK throughout 2020: https://www.entertainers.co.uk/show/lost-in-music-full-listings/
Reviewer: Angela Kelly
Reviewed: 17th January 2020
North West End UK Rating: ★★★★