The cast of Les Miserables have performed several cabarets in aid of The Make A Difference Trust over these past few years. With the efforts of its talented cast members, their blend of fun, ingenuity and poignancy has proven the Les Mis Gives… cabarets to be very popular events under the helm of cast member Scott Garnham. Now he is stepping out on his own to host his very first solo cabaret at the Delfont Room on 5th May 2012.
Scott Garnham is currently manning the barricades at the Queen’s Theatre as Feuilly and also 2nd cover Marius and 1st cover Enjolras, a performance which earned him the celebrated title of Understudy of the Year in the 2012 BroadwayWorld.com Awards. This may be his debut as solo cabaret artist, but Garnham has had a wealth of experience performing in these intimate, fun-filled nights. My first experience of him outside of the West End stage was in early 2011 as part of the line-up of the mini-tour Direct From the West End, produced by Musical Ovation Ltd of which Garnham is co-director alongside fellow West End performer Martin Neely. Just as it said on the tin, Direct From the West End brought audiences in York, Oxford and Windsor classic musical theatre songs performed by some of the best of the West End, including Jeff Nicholson, Samantha Barks and Killian Donnelly. Garnham’s rendition of ‘Til I Hear You Sing was one of the stand-out moments amongst a high quality evening of performances and calls for a follow-up tour are still coming in from theatre fans.
I next saw Garnham when I reviewed The Songs of Stephen Luke Walker concert at the Charing Cross Theatre. He was one of the guest vocalists alongside other West End names such as Gina Beck, Rebecca Lock and a trio of Strallen Sisters, and performed an exquisite composition, Justice Be Done, backed by the GSA choir. Following that, I’ve seen him repeatedly deliver in a number of MADTrust associated events, such as the Les Mis Gives… cabarets and, most recently, in the annual concert A West End Christmas at The Actors Church in Covent Garden.
Scott Garnham’s first solo cabaret will undoubtedly follow in this fashion as he entertains an audience with a night of song and laughter, sharing ‘all the things that make him tick and turn him off’. Those who have seen Garnham’s previous contributions to cabaret events will know that he has a taste for the unexpected: past performances have seen him singing Inflatable You to a blow-up doll, giving Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life a special musical theatre twist and stepping up to the challenge of a Les Mis-themed Twelve Days of Christmas. As strong as his funny bone is though, it’s always nice to hear him really display his voice with the straight numbers too – Late and Live in Cabaret will feature of mix of material with something to please everyone and, with the addition of the outstanding guest vocalists he has invited along, it is shaping up to be an unmissable event. Jon Hawkins is set to join in the fun and Garnham’s fellow Les Misers, Hadley Fraser and Liam Tamne, will be popping by for a sing-a-long. Carl Mullaney and Laura Tebbutt are to back Garnham with Craig Mather, Rob Vickers and Liz Singleton providing the live music, and MD extraordinaire Niall Bailey orchestrating the musical arrangements for the evening. In further exciting news, Garnham has collaborated with two of the UK’s best and brightest new musical theatre composers to create two original, unheard songs for the cabaret: Tim Prottey Jones and Steven Luke Walker. I’ve supported both writers for some time now and am very keen to hear these new compositions.
Scott Garnham: Late and Live in Cabaret has all the ingredients needed for a great night of musical entertainment and Garnham is baking up a real treat for those who make it along. You can never be too full when it comes to musical theatre, so come and take a bite out of Late and Live and enjoy the delicious offerings of one of the West End’s most promising young performers.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
Tuesday 20th March 2012