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David Bedella concert - London, Monday 2nd March 2009
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David BedellaOne of our favourite actors to play the role of Frank N Furter, David Bedella, in concert for one night only on Monday 2nd March 2009. The concert also benefited the Terrence Higgins Trust.

There were two shows, one at 8pm and a late night show at 11.30pm at London's Leicester Square Theatre. In addition the event was hosted by the lovely Christopher Biggins (original RHPS cast member and stage show Narrator).

David's new album is now available to buy from Curtain Records

Quite a few timewarp members and Forum regulars managed to get to the show and there is a good thread about the event on the forums.

Here are a few quotes from the forums....

Posted by Ed
"A fabulous night. Bedella was no great vocal form, with a very wide range of numbers and styles. He sings those RatPackesque big band numbers extremely well, although my personal highlights of the night (I'm going home, which caused a number of teary eyes, aside) was his rendition of Origin of Love, from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Superb performance of the number, as noe would have expected - I really hope he reprises that role in the UK, I'd love to see it."

Posted by Rob
The undisputed highlight though was of course I'm Going Home, for which Richard joined him half way through - worth the ticket price alone in my opinion. Yes, I cried, of course I did.

I am so glad I made the trip, I would have kicked myself if I'd missed it. A GREAT NIGHT AND A GREAT SHOW.

Posted by Mark Johnson
Concert was amazing last night! David did a set that lasted just over an hour, he had 3 old Rocky Horror chums as backing singers, Kay Murphy, Shona White and Sarah Boulton. He was amazing! Also had a good little catch up with Richard Meek and Nathan Amzi, the CD is brilliant! Its a must have!

David Bedella in Concert review by Norman Foster

It was a cold dark night in London on Monday 2 March 2009. Just some 200 yards from the Leicester Square Theatre, they were laying the red carpet outside VUE Cinema for the premiere of Jennifer Aniston's new film. A host of celebrities would walk along the red carpet, if I'd had my floorshow costume on I'd have been tempted to strut my stuff.

But no, we didn't brave the cold to watch, we made our way into the warmth of the Leicester Square Theatre, where the real stars were. We had of course come to see the multi talented David Bedella and the equally talented Christopher Biggins.

We were given a warm welcome by the theatre staff and on entering the foyer the first person we saw was Nathan Amzi, (Eddie/Dr Scott) selling David's new CD which was released on the night, of course we bought a copy which was later autographed by David.

We then went into the main auditorium, where we met Richard Meek (Brad) , Iain Davy (Riff Raff) Christopher Luscombe , Richard O'Brien and Phil Sykes (Stage Manager). Then we met Biggins and David Bedella, Hugs and greetings, “great to see you” all round.

Earlier on during the day we bumped into Sarah Boulton (Janet), Shona White (Magenta) and Kay Murphy (Columbia), all of us going into Pret A Manger for lunch. They told us they'd be in the show tonight.

On to the show, Biggins introduced the evening by telling us that he was a bigger star than David and that he had been in the Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as the stage show while David had only been in the stage show. He went on to tell us what a Diva David is and praised his enormous talent.

David came on stage supported by an 11 piece orchestra who were brilliant in their own right. He was periodically joined by four male dancers and later by his Rocky Horror Girls,(as he referred to them), Sarah, Shona and Kay who really belted out the backing vocals.

David did an hour set, with a wide range of numbers, from the Rat-Pak, jazz, dance, Hedwig and Rocky Horror, with a few dance routines of his own and some chit-chat. The show was absolutely brilliant, Richard O'Brien joining him on stage for a duet singing I'm Going Home which brought a lump to my throat and some tears to my eyes, it was very moving.

Sandy and myself stayed for the late (11.30 pm) show where we met Julian (Rocky). We also met the lovely Pressley, David's Husband and the equally lovely Neil, Biggins's Husband, we spent some time chatting and posing for a few photos.

The late show was every bit as brilliant as the first show, even though we knew Richard would join David on stage it didn't stop us from becoming emotional again. The audience giving David and the cast a standing ovation at the end.

David told me that he is off to Australia to do 13 shows in 7 days of the Jerry Springer Show. We wish him all the very best.

The cast members who were there seemed keen to do Rocky Horror again, Richard Meek would especially like to play Brad and understudy Frank. With the 40th Anniversary of the show coming up, I can't think of a better cast….!

This was an Absolutely Fantastic night , brilliant show, meeting up with friends, fans and most of the cast from the previous tour, a couple of drinks after the shows, it was just like a Rocky Horror reunion, true friends, true love.

Norman xx

Norman & Sandy's images from the night.

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Original Press Release for the event

Award Winning Actor, David Bedella organises Benefit Concert for the Terrence Higgins Trust in just Three weeks!

Shows: 8pm and 11.30pm, Monday 2nd March 2009, Leicester Square Theatre, 6, Leicester Place, London WC1

David Bedella is an award winning Broadway and West-end star, who won the 2004 Best Actor Olivier for his role in Jerry Springer the Opera. He was invited to reprise the role at Carnegie Hall in January 2008; followed by an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in Chess in Concert, co-starring with Josh Groban and Idina Menzel. He is well known in the UK for the role of Dr Carlos Fashola in the BBC TV drama Holby City and for his portrayal of Frank-N-Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

This concert celebrates his 28th year in Show Business and is a HIV/Aids benefit concert for the Terrence Higgins Trust. Following the concert, on March 22nd 2009 he leaves to make his Sydney Opera House debut.

The concert will be hosted by Christopher Biggins and will showcase songs from David's debut album - The Dean St. Sessions. It promises to be an exciting evening of superb music and dance featuring David Bedella, supported by some of the UK's top theatre musicians, singers and dancers who have all donated their time free of charge and a twelve piece Orchestra interpreting some of the greatest hits from Sammy Davis Jr & Liza Minnelli to George Michael & Donna Summer.

His Debut Album – The Dean St. Sessions (Curtain Records) will be launched on the night of the concert.

David Bedella is delighted to be donating £2.00 of every ticket sold and any proceeds from the concert (above cost) to the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Location: Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX. Date: Monday 2nd March 2009
Show Times: 8pm & 11.30pm
Tickets: £15.00 (Concessions £12.00) (Limited VIP TICKETS available please enquire) Box Office: 0844 847 2475

Technical Staff
Producer, Director, Choreographer: Ian Mills
Creative Consultant: Chris Luscombe
Music Direction: Torquil Munro
PR: Kevin Wilson, Clout Public relations

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