Review: Beverley Knight, Theatre Royal Norwich
Now in her 25th year in showbiz, musical powerhouse Beverley Knight took immediate control of the stage in her one night sold out concert, part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
In a leopard print-catsuit and fishnet tights, Beverley, or BK as she called herself, had us on our feet straightaway with Get Up, and we didn’t sit down for the remaining hour and a half set.
Every part of her body was put to use as she performed from her back catalogue, including hits such as Shoulda Woulda Coulda, and the iconic I’m Every Woman from the musical Bodyguard, which Beverley has starred in many times.
There were also numbers from her most recent album, Soulsville, and a version of the classic, I Can’t Stand The Rain.
The set was pretty full on - I would have liked a change of pace, but Beverley seemed in the mood to rock! Credit should go to her long-term musical director and lead guitar player Paul Reid while the three backing singers had their work cut out to keep up with her.
The support act, Jalen N’Gonda, was charming. A singer songwriter from Maryland, USA, and now based in the UK, his quirky guitar-based songs were just delightful.