Last Year I went to London to attend Collabro’s album launch party for their 4th studio album Road To The Royal Albert Hall, which was absolutely amazing. I wrote a post about it here, reviewing the album. Now, billed as The World’s Most Successful Musical Theatre Group, Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro are five years, four albums and as many tours on from their triumph, they’ve supported Barry Manilow on his arena tour and now they’re headlining venues around the country on their biggest tour to date – The Road to the Albert Hall. Collabro have managed to secure West End veteran Kerry Ellis as a supporting player in their latest two-hour show.
From a start in South Shields Collabro kicked off the tour on February 10th. I saw them at the Storyhouse in Chester for their second date, which just so happened to be the day before my due date!! Needless to say the boys were lovely looking out for me and making sure I was ok during that show. A baby, and a few weeks later it was time to see the boys again for show number 50, but this time in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.
The venue itself was absolutely beautiful, we had a couple of drinks, (well my mum did, I just has posh flavoured fizzy water) at the bar while we waited for the meet and greet with the boys. The fellas are all absolutely lovely and we had a nice chat to them, they even remembered that I was due last time I saw them, we had some jokes and took some photos then it was back to the bar to wait for the show.
After getting into our seats the evening gets off to a great start with support group Georgia and the Vintage Youth. Lead singer Georgia has amazing Adele/Amy Winehouse style vocals and the trio get you well into the mood with their chirpy, ska, poppy tunes. The set is only half an hour long but I have to say they came off stage and gained quite a few new fans.
The boys kick off the show with Grease is the Word which they had some choreography to and you’re ready and up for it. They followed this up with As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard, a different variation of Maria from West Side Story and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita.
Special guest star Kerry Ellis took to the stage singing some fab songs including This is Me and was joined on stage by the boys singing A Million Dreams which was absolutely stunning and should be released as a single or put onto another album, it was such a moving performance that I even shed a tear or two. The boys finish up the first half with Why God Why and The Jersey Boys Medley.
After the interval the boys have local choir Performers Theatre School join them on stage for Electricity and their version of Glee’s version of Journey’s version of Faithfully. They also sing Lighthouse, Bring Him Home, Never Enough and finish off with Stars. So even though there’s lots of ballads being sung the boys level it off with their banter, stories and of course Matt, they certainly know how to entertain a crowd! Michael even pulled his shirt open to show of his very muscular body which had all the ladies screaming with delight!!
I have to say though the encore was just spectacular and the best surprise of the show!! They did a Motown Medley with songs like Can You Feel It, I Want You Back, Signed Sealed Delivered, Get Ready and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. The choreography was excellent and Chris, Jamie’s very talented boyfriend came up with it for the Collabro boys. Overall the show was amazing, and we had such a fantastic evening out, the boys have absolutely fanatstic voices individually, and they each have their own time to shine but when they sing those harmonies together it just makes your hair stand on end, they truly are one of my favourite bands and I’m just gutted I could never get tickets for their last show at the Royal Albert Hall!!
What a fab tour, well done boys and I can’t wait for the next one.