Undercover Review | The Greatest Love of All @ The Regent
Amanda lives on the Waterfront with her partner Daniel and their two-year-old daughter Rose. A die-hard fan of the 80s, Amanda chewed our hands off at the chance to hit The Regent to see the incredible Belinda Davids in action as the Queen of Pop herself – Whitney Houston – in one of her final UK shows of 2018.
I’ve grown up listening to the vocals of Whitney Houston, and was even lucky enough to see her on her last ever tour in 2010. So, when I saw that The Greatest Love of All – a worldwide tribute sensation – was coming to Ipswich, I couldn’t wait to relive one of the greatest nights of my life!
Arriving at the Regent, the Box Office efficiently handed out tickets and we proceeded to settle down into our seats in the front stalls. My heavily pregnant friend – normally struggling to sit in any chair for an extended period without being uncomfortable – commented at how luxurious the seating was; and accompanied by the excellent view of the stage, we were really pleased.
With tribute acts, the first worry that always springs to mind is: are they as good as the real thing? I purposely didn’t watch any videos of Belinda prior to the show; so there was an element of surprise! But as soon as the opening notes of ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’ left Belinda’s mouth, I was transfixed. Not only did she ooze the charisma, beauty and elegance of Whitney; her voice was sensational.
Moving through a set list of classics including ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’; which had everybody out of their seats, and ‘I Have Nothing’ (except chills down my spine and hairs standing on end!), Belinda’s engagement with the audience, seamless costume changes and impressive band solos and backing dancers had the entire audience waiting with bated breath for more.
She even made her way through the aisles during 'Saving All My Love For You', much to the crowd's delight!
Finishing her last song with cheers for an encore, we were all waiting for the same thing: the song concomitant with Whitney and one you couldn’t possibly watch a series of The X Factor without hearing (albeit, a badly-sung version). Returning to stage, Belinda did Whitney justice; absorbing herself into her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’, before emotionally thanking the crowd and leaving the stage to a well-deserved standing ovation.