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

Review: “Wonderland” (UK Tour)

Stagey Rating: OBSESSED Thursday March 16, 2017 @ Bromley Churchill Theatre Cast: Michelle Pentecost, Natalie McQueen, Wendi Peters, Stephen Webb, Dave Willetts Considering I’ve waited 5 years to see this show, it’s safe to say I was excited. So on a Thursday afternoon in Bromley I went down the Rabbit Hole for the first time,… Continue reading Review: “Wonderland” (UK Tour)