Album Review: Bandstand

HOW. IS. THIS. SHOW. CLOSING. Bit delayed, but thought I would share my favourite tracks from the original Broadway cast recording of this extraordinary new musical, in light of it announcing its closing after a mere 5-month run. I won’t vent too much, but this is becoming a problem now. But that’s a matter for another day and another post me thinks! So back to this for now. In just experiencing this album, I believe this to be a worthy competitor to the likes of recent successes Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton. It boasts the big band-stand style mixed with jazz/blues genre of the time, while feeling relevant and telling a powerful story. Gutted I won’t be able to see it on Broadway, so the cast album will have to do, which is fine, I mean, how beautiful is that album cover though?!!!

 

5. Love Will Come and Find Me Again
I love how this song owes/tributes to the classic yearning/wanting song while putting a modern spin on it! And Laura Osnes’ always flawless vocals make this a damn good track!

 

4. Right This Way
Jut listen to those lyrics, man! If there’s a show right now with something important to say, it’s this one!

 

3. Nobody
This song is so catchy it’s unbelievable! The writing team must have known they had something special with this show!

 

2. This is Life
Again, this song has that emotion and is so clever as well! Osnes is not the only star, because her leading man Corey Cott is just as incredible! Too much talent on one stage!

 

1. Welcome Home (Finale)
My favourite song in the show – it  showcases Laura’s incredible vocals once again and has that build-up of power and energy that hits you emotionally. And this video, posted by the show’s official YouTube channel, made my cry when I watched it. It sums up what the show it about and how important the message is. Very special.

Vocal Obsession: Jeremy Jordan

Man crush alert!! (thought that better be the disclaimer before I start!) Now, this man continues to leave me astonished beyond belief, not only does he have my favourite male voice in the world, but his consistency, determination, pure talent and genuine likeability is what makes him one of the best in the business. I’ve… Continue reading Vocal Obsession: Jeremy Jordan

Vocal Obsession: Linda Eder

My favourite voice of all-time. Don’t think I need to say much more than that. This highly-acclaimed performer exceeds across the board – in tone (it’s actual liquid gold), pitch (I don’t think she’s ever sung a rough note) and belt (damn can she hold a note!). Her big break was in her then-husband Frank Wildhorn’s epic Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” which he wrote for her, and you can tell; the role of ‘Lucy’ personifies all that Linda’s voice is. I can’t believe what I’m hearing whenever I listen/watch her. My ultimate goal is to see this woman live one day, hopefully it will happen soon enough! But before that day, I’ll just have to live with these perfect examples…

“Someone Like You” from Jekyll and Hyde
One of my favourite recordings of one of my favourite songs, Linda performs it with her natural incredible vocal strength and then subtlety when the song needs it, and it’s like she’s singing it all to Frank who wrote the song for her, so I mean, can that get any more perfect?!!

 

“Bring on the Men” from Jekyll and Hyde
So f you haven’t guessed already Jekyll and Hyde is my favourite score of all time, and this is another perfect example why. I love this song so much, its catchy, fun and just a big show-stopper. Such a mistake to cut it from the Broadway version of the show, and in this performance, Linda reminds us why. And that last note, bloody hell!!

 

Title Song from “Man of La Mancha”
Proof that she can sing anything. Her range is unbelievable in this. The straight belting, the growls, and that soprano, holy shit! The way this woman wraps her voice around a phrase in unlike anything I’ve ever heard.

 

“After All”
From her 1990 album, this song is an incredible, emotive power ballad, and Linda’s vocals just soar!

 

“In His Eyes” from Jekyll and Hyde
Possibly my favourite musical theatre song of all time. It’s powerful, poignant and damn, those vocals! This is my favourite version of the song, taken from the concept album of the song and featuring the incredible Carolee Carmello as ‘Lisa’, later renamed ‘Emma’ in the show.

 

“Vienna”
Now we come to this. I don’t have any words to describe this. My favourite voice of all time singing my favourite non-musical song of all time. Plain and simple. I cannot listen/watch this song without getting chills and feeling emotional. Another song written for her by Frank, you can tell this is a very special and personal song to Linda and she, of course, owns it every time!

My Top Picks for Jenna in West End “Waitress”

So as ever, the #stagey (sorry) rumour mill is a glow at the moment with news that Broadway smash hit musical Waitress will transfer to the London in the near future – and I can see it happening, and hope so too! Based on the film of the same name, the Sara Bareilles-scored show recently… Continue reading My Top Picks for Jenna in West End “Waitress”

Album Review: Groundhog Day the Musical

Groundhog Day is the new Tim Minchin-scored Broadway musical starring Andy Karl and based on the Bill Murray film of the same name. After a try-out run at London’s Old Vic last summer, the show has just began its life in New York and has just released its original Broadway cast recording. So just to clarify… Continue reading Album Review: Groundhog Day the Musical

Vocal Obsession: Caissie Levy

In light of the very exciting announcement that this woman is slated to play Elsa in the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Disney’s Frozen, I thought I’d share my love for the insane talent that is Caissie Levy. The Broadway and West End star rose to centre stage through understudying Elphaba in Wicked on the Great… Continue reading Vocal Obsession: Caissie Levy

5 Shows Overdue for a West End Transfer

In the recent exciting news that Fun Home is coming to London as well as the much-anticipated Hamilton, I thought I’d divulge into my protest bank and rant about which Broadway shows we needed to have in London yesterday! So for the purposes of fairness, I have ruled out Dear Evan Hansen and Waitress from… Continue reading 5 Shows Overdue for a West End Transfer