Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael Tickets

Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - -
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Show Info

Book Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael Tickets

Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show.

Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar that is George Michael.

Make new memories whilst reliving old classics. The show features all his hits including Father Figure, Freedom, Faith and many more. This is one show-stopping extravaganza you do not want to miss!

You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your best-loved songs from Wham and George’s solo career including Careless Whisper, Freedom 90, Outside and Too Funky!

This show will take you on a musical journey from the moving Jesus To A Child, to the celebration of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, to everyone’s favourites I’m Your Man and Wake Me Up. Join us as we present our respectful tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time with our stunning stage show that’s taking the globe by storm. The show is now touring in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Sweden, with more countries to come.

New for 2018, saxophonist Ed Barker will feature on selected UK dates. Ed performed the saxophone solo on Cowboys and Angels when he toured George Michael’s ‘Symphonica Tour’ in 2012.

Relive the passion, the flair and the unique sensitivity of George Michael with Fastlove!

Touring all major venues and arenas, book your tickets now – it’s not to be missed!

This is a tribute show and is in no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Important information

Running time
2hr 10mins including one interval
Booking Until
Mon, 3 December 2018
Cast

Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael Cast

Musicians

Steve Nelson – Musical Director / Keyboards / BV’s
Dayle Thompson – Bass / Synth / BV’s
Mark Hilton – Drummer / Percussionist
Julian Payne – Guitarist / BV’s
Tanya Payne – Saxophone / Flute / BV’s
​Phil Wilson - Percussionist
Elly Jarmain – Backing Vocalist
Genevieve Sylva – Backing Vocalist


The Dancers

Dani Mclaren – Choreographer
Ellie Johnson – Dance Captain
Zoe Pembroke - Dancer
Heather Parkin - Dancer
Ainhoa Swan - Dancer
Reviews

Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael Critics & Reviews

REVIEW : Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael

With the anniversary of George Michael's untimely death on Christmas day, just a year ago, you could be forgiven for thinking that Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael is something that has been produced in order to make a few bucks on the back of the singer's tragic demise. However, Joseph, who performs as George Michael has in fact been doing so since early the early 2000s where he was discovered by a top tribute agency whilst singing Careless Whisper on a karaoke and hasn't looked back since.

I've no doubt that there are probably hundreds and thousands of fans from all over who would give their eye teeth for the opportunity to see one of this country's most prolific singer/songwriters perform once more. Sadly, that will never be but Joseph, a former design consultant from Leicester is keeping the memory of George Michael alive and certainly had no trouble proving his remarkable singing talents to the Cliffs Pavilion crowd on Fastlove's first gig of 2018.

Joseph is regarded as one of the top George Michael/Wham! tribute artists and it's easy to see why. I'm always slightly dubious about seeing tribute acts but Wham! and George Michael songs were constants throughout my teenage years and into adulthood, so I was curious to see if this show could do justice to this huge back catalogue of classic songs that have now almost become anthems for fans of his music.

Introduced by compere, James Taylor, who probably didn't really need to be there (it's not a holiday camp), we actually hear Joseph before we can see him and there is no doubt from this moment that the voice is uncannily the same as George's. It's a good minute or so before he comes on to the stage - is this deliberate, so we can soak up the fact that he sounds so like George? Perhaps, but when he does appear, to the delight of the audience, he even looks just like George complete with the trademark Raybans.

Fastlove is also a reminder as to just how many remarkable songs George Michael gave us throughout his career and it must be a challenge deciding which ones to cover from one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Every one, however, was a crowd pleaser and included Faith, Father Figure, Amazing, One More Try, Praying for Time, The Edge of Heaven, A Different Corner, the now infamous, Outside - complete with police officer outfit - and a spine-tingling, faultless rendition of Jesus to a Child with Ed Barker, one of George Michael's original musicians from the Symphonica tour joining the stage to perform an amazing saxophone solo.

The use of evocative lady dancers to jazz up each song no doubt gave some of the men who had been dragged there by the predominantly middle-aged ladies in the audience, a bit of eye candy to focus on. The dancers really came into their own during the Wham! section of the evening with Club Tropicana, Wake Me Up Before Go Go and Young Guns really getting the crowd on their feet after a great version of the sensational Careless Whisper had everyone swaying and the opportunity again for, Ed Barker, to come on stage once again to give us that iconic sax intro.

Fastlove is a fabulous night out for any George Michael fan and makes you appreciate just what an amazing talent he was and how desperately sad it is that he was taken from us far too soon. Joseph doesn't pretend to be George yet when he speaks, he even sounds like him. You can see why he is the UK's No 1 George Michael tribute artist. The sold out Southend audience certainly couldn't get enough of him and the fantastic atmosphere created throughout the show was more than enough to clear the January blues away, with everyone up on their feet making for an unforgettable evening.


By :Kim Tobin

Ref Link : South End Theatre Scene
Venue Info

Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

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Lyric Theatre

Address: 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Capacity: 967

Designed by C J Phipps, the Lyric Theatre opened on 17th December 1888 and is the oldest surviving theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. It was commissioned by Henry J. Leslie as an operetta house, the first production being a transfer of Dorothy from the Prince of Wales Theatre, starring Marie Tempest. The theatre has housed various types of theatre, including operetta and comedy, but has mainly seen plays and musicals take up residence in the 20th century. Notable productions from the early 20th century include The Chocolate Soldier (1910) by Oscar Straus, an operetta setting of George Bernard Shaw’s play Arms and the Man. 1911 saw Yvonne Arnaud take the stage in the musical The Girl in the Taxi. And a play about the life of the composer Franz Schubert proved very popular in 1922.

A 1933 redecoration of the building, now managed by Thomas Bostock, made way for a production of Royal Family by George S Kaufman with a roster of talent in its cast – Madge Titheradge, Marie Tempest and the up-and-coming Laurence Olivier, directed by Noël Coward. Over the next 50 years, the Lyric housed plays almost exclusively (Grab Me a Gondola in 1954 and Irma La Douce in 1958 being the obvious exceptions), but this changed in 1983 with the arrival of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers which, although only running from April to October, won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and returned to the West End in 1988 for a record-breaking run, eventually closing in 2013.

1990 saw the arrival of Five Guys Named Moe, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, which ran for five years, and was followed by a revival of another musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’, featuring the music of Fats Waller. Andrew Lloyd webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s musical By Jeeves transferred from the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1996, and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group bought the theatre in 2000. The theatre then saw another healthy succession of almost solidly plays until the arrival of the theatre’s current tenant, Thriller Live, in 2009.

Nimax Theatres has owned the Lyric since 2005.


Seating

The auditorium has four levels – Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony. In the Stalls, the view of the stage is slightly obscured by the overhang of the Dress Circle in Rows Q and R. Of note, pillars support the Dress Circle and do hinder the view from certain seats at the back of the Stalls.

In the Dress Circle, the view is compromised by pillars in Row F and beyond, and the shallow rake of the Dress Circle does not guarantee great views for shorter patrons.

The Upper Circle offers rather shallow legroom and whilst the overhang of the Balcony above does not hinder the view, the low ceiling may make some people feel a little claustrophobic.

Of note, the Balcony is very high up and offers little legroom, but the seats, other than the designated restricted view seats at the side of the auditorium, do offer a good view of the stage.


Facilities At Lyric Theatre 

Seat plan: Lyric Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description: 
Access to the Box Office is by three foyer width steps and one small step at the main doors with handrails on either side. There are no steps between the ticketing entrance and the Dress Circle doors. Inside the Dress Circle level there are 5 steps leading to seats. There are 32 (26 from level access entrance) steps leading down into the Stalls level. There is a tall staircase leading to the Upper Circle and Balcony levels. All steps inside the auditorium are highlighted.

Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 5 headsets.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are welcome in the auditorium, although we recommend an end of row or box seat for their comfort. Staff available to dog-sit. We can take 2 dogs at any one time and advance booking is recommended.

Disabled Access: Entrance is through the left-hand double EXIT door (Royal Entrance) as you face the theatre. Level access to Boxes E, D and C. Boxes C and D can accomodate 1 scooter or wheelchair plus guest. Box E can accomodate 1 scooter or wheelchair plus 2 guests or 2 scooters or 2 wheelchairs.. Slightly restricted view. Transfer seating available to Dress Circle (up 6 steps from Royal Entrance). Wheelchairs stored in cloakroom or front of house store, on Dress Circle level. Venue suitable for scooters – please check when booking. Senior members of staff can assist further in the purchase of refreshments and programmes.

Toilets: Men’s and women’s off the Dress Circle Bar. Women’s 4 steps up from Stalls bar, men’s 11 steps up from Stalls bar. Women’s and men’s off rear Stalls and at Upper Circle and Balcony levels.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet on the left inside the Royal entrance in the Royal Retiring Room


Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park: Brewer Street (3mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.

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