Legends, one of the few survivors of Blackpool’s summer line-up, is a combination of famous names being paid tribute to by performers who are the top of their often much-maligned tree in two separate versions of the show.
Backed by a top notch three-piece band and frequently flanked by four dancers, each ‘star’ delivers short, hand-picked sets of familiar favourites, with compere Tom Bright linking each act with a well-proven comedy set and even a Lady Ga Ga spoof (for Poker Face read Smoker Face).
Jimmy Love’s recuperation from illness meant his Elton John missed the first night, but the show is designed in such a way that late switches can be accommodated, in this case Andy Wills doubling as Buddy Holly and reappearing as Brian May to accompany Steve Littlewood’s Freddie Mercury (a role also performed by Lee Garcia in some shows).
Siam Hurlock’s Diana Ross is a real show-stealer, whether with the solo anthems or a superbly authentic medley of earlier Supremes hits.
As Neil Diamond, Gary Ryan doesn’t have to do much other than authentically deliver the songs and wear his hair right. He does both in fine style providing the image the audience remembers and the songs they want to hear.
Littlewood is a master of using the entire room, increasing in confidence every season.
New to the second version of the show this year are Rob Hawthorn playing Rod Stewart and Andy Wood as Tom Jones with Matt Byrne and Clayton Marks returning as Robbie Williams and Elvis Presley.