Reviewed by Louise Watts
Since rising to fame as runners up in the 2004 series of the X-Factor, G4 have developed and sustained an incredible career. With only 2 of the original members remaining, the quartet has experienced some change and development with Matthew Stiff leaving in 2007 and being replaced by Nick Ashby and Ben Thapa leaving this year opening the door for the newest member of the group Lewis Raines. What is indisputable however is their support, success and talent.
This evening, I attended The Hawth in Crawley to see the final show of their current tour. I have seen them perform before and so I knew I was in for a special night. From the minute the show opened with an amazing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, I knew I was going to be impressed! This was followed by even more outstanding harmonies and perfectly performed songs. One of my personal favourites was an adaptation of Elvis’ “Can’t help falling in love with you” sung by the quartet acapella style. It was truly beautiful.
They were accompanied tonight by a local choir from Encore Academy of Performing Arts. They were incredible. Following their introduction to the audience with “No Matter What” they proceeded to sing “This Is Me” which has to be the iconic musical song of 2018 from the Greatest Showman. The soloists were confident and impressive and the whole choir clearly enjoyed their evening performing with G4. It is lovely to see local choirs with local children being given the opportunity to perform on stage with big name stars such as G4. Who knows? Maybe some of them will be the stars of the future?
As well as being supported by a local children’s choir, they had a guest soprano – Mary Jess, whose career took a whole new direction after winning the Chinese version of the X-Factor. What was clear from the moment she sang her first note was what an incredible voice she had. When she sang “Barcelona”, I had goose bumps. It was clear why she had won her competition and what an amazing career she has ahead of her. As if that wasn’t good enough, she then proceeded to sing “All I ask of you” from Phantom of The Opera. She was truly incredible and complimented the boys’ voices perfectly.
All too soon it was the interval and the whole theatre was buzzing with what they had seen. The quality and high level of performance continued in the second act, with the opening song “Circle of Life”. The quartet appeared in the auditorium amongst the audience whilst singing which added another dimension. Mike Christie was hilarious and even went and sat down in the audience – I am only sad that he did not come and sit next to me!!
As well as being perfect singers, they are all good showmen and Jonathan Ansell is the perfect host. They all looked suave in their matching jackets and come the finale, they were positively sparkling!
I am so glad that they have managed to use such a variety of different genres within their show and I felt very proud when my 10-year-old daughter said at the end that she thought they were amazing, and can we go to their Christmas performance. G4 are succeeding in making classical and opera singing appealing to the youth of today and that can only be a positive thing.
Following the most incredible rendition of “Nessun Dorma” – one of my all-time personal favourites and (in complete contrast) the final song “Living on a Prayer”, sadly the time had come to go home, but not before G4 received a standing ovation. The show had lasted around 2 hours including the interval and I had enjoyed every single minute.
The Hawth was packed out and there were plenty of staff on hand to assist wherever needed. The bars upstairs and downstairs were open, so there was very little waiting to be served. Parking was easy as there is a large, free car park on site.
I would thoroughly recommend G4 to anyone who enjoys fantastic singing in a variety of different genres and I promise you will not be disappointed.
G4 will start their Christmas tour on 20 November 2018, for more information and tour dates visit www.g4official.com.
For other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636