Saturday, July 21, 2012

100 Cover Versions #73: Alfie Boe & Melanie C cover 'Come what May'

Come What May featured in the Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rogue in 2001 and was performed  in the film by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. It was originally written by David Baerwald for the soundtrack of the film Romeo & Juliet and was re-written and used in Moulin Rogue instead. I couldn't imagine that film without that song now. It was also released on single and got to number 10 in the Australian ARIA singles charts and number 27 in the UK. 

Alfie Boe recorded Come What May for his Bring Him Home album and the guest vocalist on his cover version was Kerry Ellis. When Alfie played at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Bring Him Home tour the concert was recorded for video and the guest vocalist was Melanie Chisholm. Since the Spice Girls Melanie has had a great and successful career on stage appearing in Blood Brothers and will play Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
In September she releases her latest album Stages which includes her covers of songs such as I Don't Know How to Love Him which features in Jesus Christ Superstar, Maybe This Time, Both Sides Now and I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself. I love the idea of Melanie C singing songs made famous by Joni Mitchell, Liza Minnelli and Dusty Springfield. Stages will also include Melanie's cover of I Know Him so Well with fellow Spice girl Emma Bunton.

I think Melanie has gotten more beautiful as she grows older as the cover for Stages below shows.

Here is Melanie with Alfie Boe singing Come What May. She really has that grace and elegance that is so important for a great stage career. This post is for my favourite Melanie C fan; David McDonagh. 

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