Eurobeat: Pride of Europe | Streamed | Review
The Eurovision Song Contest: eclectic, camp, fun, inclusive, colourful – various words spring to mind.
In Rotterdam, preparations are underway to host a socially distanced version of the biggest Euro party later this month but we can get in the mood by settling down on our sofa, grabbing a glass of wine (or two) and streaming Eurobeat: Pride of Europe which can only be described as a gloriously heartfelt tribute to Eurovision performed by a plethora of West End stars.
Streaming until May 10th, Eurobeat is a celebration of the spirit of Eurovision and more. Filmed in Liechtenstein (aka the Clapham Grand Theatre), the spectacular show is hosted by David O’Reilly’s ‘Orla Board’ playing mistress of ceremonies Marlena Cabana. Marlena’s tops and tails the programme with songs of her own and introduces ten acts. This gives Marlena ample opportunity to dazzle us with just as many stunning outfits and amazing wigs.
Stars from the West End assume personalities from around Europe. The songs are hilariously stereotypical and yet pay homage to each country perfectly. There is a jig from Ireland, rock from Norway and even a surprise entry from the Vatican City that has plenty of ‘Soul’. Meanwhile (in case you are wondering) the U.K. doesn’t disappoint with a comedic song about trying to mend a broken relationship, parodying our current stance with the E.U.
During the break we learn about the ‘host’ country Lichtenstein, the heart of the Alps, from its cultural ambassadors, spoiler – there are meadows, google it.
Before you know it, the show is over, and you are wishing more countries had entered. Audiences are encouraged to cast their votes by text and the winners will be announced at the end of the run. The cast have recorded 10 different endings to cover every eventuality so every vote counts 🙂
I saw the original Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision in the West End (2008) and adored it. This version, (Pride of Europe) has brand new songs written by creator Craig Christie and didn’t disappoint at all. Sadly, it is crying out for audience participation and an electric atmosphere but as an online production it is a fabulous way to spend an evening. You never know, with theatres opening up again, we may one day be lucky enough to see it live, never say never.
Reviewer: Sammi O’Neill
Eurobeat: Pride of Europe.
David O’Reilly’s “Orla Board”
Joanne Clifton (BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, The Rocky Horror Show, Flashdance)
Tia Kofi (BBC Three’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series 2)
Harriet Thorpe (BBC’s The Brittas Empire, Cabaret)
Tom Read Wilson (C4’s Celebs Go Dating, BBC’s Celebrity Best Home Cook)
Christine Allado (Hamilton, The Prince of Egypt)
Andy Coxon (Curtains, West Side Story, Les Miserables)
Scott Garnham (Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, The Barricade Boys)
Aisha Jawando (Tina in Tina, The Tina Turner Musical)
Scott Paige (Cinderella, Nativity!)
Claudia Kariuki, (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, School of Rock)
David Ribi (Milkshake, Channel 5)
Comedian Sooz Kempner,
Annell Odartey (WhatsonStage Awards)
George Olney (Saturday Night Fever, Fiddler on the Roof)
Alexzandra Sarimiento (Hamilton, Strictly Ballroom)
Jaime Tait (Motown, Beautiful).