ALISON CROOSE King's Lynn Corn Exchange
> King's Lynn Corn Exchange
The West End came to King's Lynn, courtesy of a consummate entertainer and his show,
My Kind of Music, which swept an admiring audience along on a tide of musical delights.
Gary Wilmot was made for musicals and the first half of the evening was the best as he sang his way through medleys from the seven West End productions in which he has starred.
His performance underlined his ability to sing a song and demonstrated his huge versatility as a singer and skill as an all-round entertainer.
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He is famed for his long run in Me and My Girl and his recent success in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but he has also turned his talents to Shakespeare (playing Bottom in Midsummer Night's Dream) and Gilbert and Sullivan's tongue-twisting lyrics as the pirate king in Pirates of Penzance.
Showstoppers from Me and My Girl, Copacabana and Oliver! thrilled the audience who were also impressed by Wilmot's sense of humour which permeated the whole performance, not least his rapport with musical director Mike Alexander.
The 10-piece orchestra lit up the show, which was given added energy by the London Community Gospel Choir. No wonder there was a standing ovation.