Whitney and Wonder – Spa Pavilion Felixstowe 18th November 2017
Written by Clare Jessup
I was so looking forward to an evening of Whitney Houston songs but wasn’t sure whether they would live up to my expectation.
I used to sing on cruise ships and we always stayed clear of singing Whitney songs for fear of falling short of her incredible talents.
Beverley Savarin, our Whitney for the evening, did not fall short!
She came on the stage looking like my idol with similar mannerisms and accent yet her vocals were completely her own. Yes, she sang the notes and words of the originals but the tone and talents of Beverley’s voice were completely her own.
The first half of Beverley’s set started with Whitney's classic ballads such as Run to You, Greatest Love of All and All the Man that I Need. Halfway through the tempo changed and people were moving to the back of the theatre to dance freely to Dance with Somebody, I’m Every Woman and my all time favourite How Will I Know!
The audience was thoroughly enjoying themselves dancing in groups or even on their own.
Beverley’s bio says she had X Factor success and takes part in high profile tours and concerts yet she was still happy to speak with audience members after her set and pose for photos in the bar.
The second half of Whitney and Wonder was very much a Stevie Wonder impersonation.
Godfrey Gayle was led to his keyboard on stage and continued to entertain the audience with up-tempo songs like Uptight (Everything's alright) and Signed, Sealed Delivered I’m Yours.
Godfrey has clearly spent many an hour studying Stevie and learning his mannerisms and voice.
I am not exactly a Stevie Wonder fan however it was easy to listen to Godfrey's set as he is a very talented man.
A lovely evening was had by both myself and my husband and it was lovely to share the show with each other.
The Spa Pavilion is a privately owned theatre with wheelchair access and seating for over 900.
There is a lovely cafe and bar in the building serving pre-show meals and light snacks which is open daily 9.30am to 5 pm.
There is limited along the seafront although there are large pay and display car parks in Felixstowe town, the closest being on Ranelagh Road.
The theatre’s box office is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and bookings can also be made online at www.spapavillion.uk