Do you hear the people sing? Yes! Fabulous harmonies, incredible vocals, dashing good looks and fantastic personalities! The Barricade Boys, showcase some of the world’s finest male voices from the West End, Broadway, International Tour and Hollywood movie of the world’s longest-running musical - Les Misèrables.

As seen on ITV’s This Morning and The Paul O’Grady Show, The Barricade Boys are quickly securing their place as theatre land’s newest and most exciting male vocal group!

After sell out performances in London’s West End, an appearance at the St James Theatre on Broadway and many international dates this exceptional group not only perform the world’s greatest show tunes but they also celebrate music from some of the most iconic names in the music industry, from powerful ballads and beautiful operatic arias to some of the best pop, rock and swing numbers of all time. The Barricade Boys are a spectacular group with incredible moments and deliver 'an unmissable show with talent, flair and fun – West End Frame'

The Barricade Boys have played nearly every major role in musical theatre from The Phantom of The OperaWicked and Billy Elliot to Jersey BoysThe Sound Of Music and of course Les Misérables.

So why settle for just another vocal group when you can see the world’s leading musical theatre super group!?

Last night saw international vocal group, The Barricade Boys, bring the house down at the Alexandra in Birmingham. The quartet are linked by the fact that they have all performed in Les Miserables on stage or film. They not only perform well-known songs from musicals, but many other genres including pop, rock and swing to name a few.

With an interchangeable line-up, the constants in the group appear to be founding members Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield, but they are here joined by Dougie Carter and David Wyatt to complete the quartet. The charismatic foursome have wonderful chemistry with one another and a great rapport with the audience. They clearly enjoy every moment that they are on stage and pack as much material as possible into the two-hour show.

Despite the Les Miserables tag being a big draw to the show, the Barricade Boys are so much more than this label. Their harmonies are quite possibly the best I’ve ever heard in such a format and the sound in the Alexandra was exemplary. James Doughty’s musical arrangements and live delivery with his other three band members are superb and showcase the four men off to their full potential. Doughty also has his own number, ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’, which shows his own musicality and incredible abilities on the piano.

Each member of the group has something unique to bring to the table but it is apparent at times that Garnham and Schfofield have had more experience – they seem much more at ease, particularly when talking to the audience in between songs. Garnham has a delectably warm tone to his voice and one I could listen to all day. I particularly enjoyed ‘Volare’ in the first half and he showcased his best vocals in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ during Act Two. The latter was an astonishing performance from all involved, leaving you in no doubt about their abilities as vocalists. Schofield has a really interesting voice and provides the highest part whilst harmonising. During the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute, Schofield’s falsetto is a dream.

It would have been nice to hear a little more about the individual performers between songs as they have quite a CV between them. Also, the lighting seemed off the cuff at times so more structure here would make the show outstanding.

The Barricade Boys continue to tour the UK and US until July 2019.


4 Stars on Sun, 17 Mar 2019

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