Reviewed by Catherine Fletcher
I have just been to see Halfway to Paradise The Billy Fury Story at St George’s Hall Bradford, I didn’t know quite what to expect as I’m not really a fan of Billy Fury, but my friend is so thought I would go along and see. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. Although I didn’t know all the songs that were being sung by Colin Gold who was the lead singer, I found myself singing along to a few that I did know which were It’s Only Make Believe, A Thousand Stars, Wondrous Place, Nobody’s Child and Halfway To Paradise, plus many more which I didn’t know but did enjoy listening to. The band was Billy’s own original Fury’s Tornado’s.
The pianist who was also Billy’s best friend, played a solo melody of some of Billy’s hits in honour of him, this got a standing ovation. I didn’t think a piano could sound so good but it was brilliant,
The Billy Fury Story was told to the audience through a narration voice, and onscreen pictures and news clippings, on a backdrop screen throughout the performance. The band members also told a few stories of their times on the road with Billy and said he will never be forgotten. The audience were clapping singing and interacting with the band from start to finish.
I would recommend going to see this show, even if you are not a fan of Billy Fury as it was a very enjoyable and entertaining evening, just goes to show you never know what you like until you try it.
Halfway To Paradise: The Billy Fury Story is currently on tour around the UK, for more information, tour dates or to book tickets at a venue near you visit www.billyfurystory.com.
St George’s Hall. Bridge St, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1JT | Box Office 01274 432000