Growing up with a mother who always took me to musicals such as Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera and Cats, I have high expectations for any musical production I attend. My expectations were definitely met and exceeded at the Viage Musical Dinnershow late last week. It was a fabulous montage of all my favourite musicals – including the memorable singing and dancing.
The musical dinnershow did one better than all the musicals I have been to though;they served a delicious dinner in between the musical acts. The dinner, catered by Gourmet Invent, was three courses with appetizers and prosecco at the beginning.
The first course was a delicious play on a traditional basil, tomato and mozzarella salad. It was a layered salad course, very light and refreshing to begin our meal. We were served baked cod for the second course with potato puree and grey shrimps. The fish was prepared with the skin and it was delicious. For dessert, they served us chocolate mousse with Begonia apple, the perfect way to end the meal. Throughout the entire show, servers walked around filling wine glasses or coffee cups without interrupting the show on stage.
The show itself was spectacular and songs from many well known musicals such as Evita, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon, and my favourite – Nôtre Dame de Paris were performed. The voices of the singers were impeccable; they all displayed a wide vocal range. One of the vocalists did the opera part from Phantom of the Opera and the entire audience was enraptured by her voice. My favourite song was in the first act, Les temps des cathedrals from Nôtre Dame. If you have seen the original performance, you know what a powerful song this is; the song was a great way to showcase the talent awaiting us as the night progressed.
Although most of the songs were in English, music is the universal language. Everyone can enjoy the familiar rhythms and melodies from their favorite musicals. When you get down to it, the Viage Musical Dinnershow is a fantastic way to do something special with friends and family – no matter what your musical preferences are.