As part of our It’s All Good Radio Show broadcasts we love to feature music that is uplifting and touches your soul, and I felt so uplifted and hopeful following a matinee performance of Pure Imagination, a celebration of Leslie Bricusse’s songs at St James Theatre.
A prolific composer, Leslie Bricusse has composed over 1,000 songs and written the book, music and/or lyrics for more than 40 musical films and plays over a 60-year career. Songs such as What Kind Of Fool Am I?, If I Ruled The World, Talk To The Animals, Le Jazz Hot, Feeling Good, Goldfinger and many, many more are part of this memorable production.
Leslie Bricusse is a man who knows how to expertly craft a song, drawing you into the world of each character with such depth of understanding and emotion, yet coupled with a light and delicate touch.
His songs are shared with the audience in this two hour performance by a cast of five; highly professional, experienced and expressive musical actors who beautifully act out a series of compelling short stories weaving in the songs effortlessly.
Throughout the performance which includes songs from Leslie’s partnerships with Anthony Newley, Henry Mancini, John Williams and John Barry, you live the feelings through the characters as his expert lyrics invite you to experience these emotions and ask questions of yourself.
I found myself both deeply moved and uplifted – and it really does leave you feeling good.
I invite you to listen to this podcast by Suzanne Hunter in which she does an excellent review which will have you reaching to book your ticket for this uplifting production. You’ll need to be quick though, the run finishes on Saturday 17th October.