Junior Achievement Isle of Man is to be commended for yet another first class event when, on 23rd of August, there was a packed and mainly female audience for Lee Mead.
Backed by a highly talented trio of piano, bass and drums/guitar, he proceeded to melt the collective hearts of anyone in the room who had two x chromosomes and a voice to whoop with.
His set was drawn mainly from the musicals he has performed and shows that he had on his wish list.
However, it was the songs from, Joseph and Les Mis, which drew the greatest response. The intimacy of his cabaret style show was not in any way hampered by the vastness of the venue.
Mr Mead had a casual flair and style which left every lady in the audience absolutely certain that he was singing to her, personally.
This was the first night of his current tour and there were some moments of uncertainty as he and his band felt their way through some unfamiliar material. Not that this mattered, Lee was among his people.
His clear, strong warm voice and his personal charm held them all entranced.
Robyn Mellor, his guest star, provided Lee with the opportunity to rest his vocal chords, particularly after ‘Bring him home’.
Her songs, from ‘Grease’ and ‘We Will Rock You’, were well performed and received but one always had the feeling that the audience were marking time and waiting for the main event to resume.
Their duet , ‘Falling Slowly,’ from ‘Once’ was entrancing.
Lee, of course, came to prominence during: ‘Any Dream Will Do’ the TV search for a Joseph, and he finished his show with the song which brought him to the public eye.
He seemed genuinely surprised and delighted when he found that he had the whole Villa audience as his backing singers.
Musically, this was the highlight of the show. However, watching him leap over the footlights to deliver an impromptu hug to Amanda, an ecstatic fan, brought the house down.