★★★★ | ‘Laura Benanti’s stunning vocals and comedic wit create a beautiful concert.’
Where: Cadogan Hall
Review date: Sunday 30th June 2019
About the Show:
Making her UK Concert debut, Tony Award-Winner Laura Benanti performs her solo concert at London’s Cadogan Hall. Special guests include Bianca Del Rio and musical director Todd Almond.
Encore Rating Factor:
I knew before attending last night’s concert that I was going to be blown away by Laura Benanti’s phenomenal voice, but I was not expecting to laugh as much!
This beautiful concert was not only a wonderful showcase of Laura’s voice and career but it was peppered with engaging stories and anecdotes. Laura Benanti Live was everything you wanted from a concert and more.
Laura is currently starring as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway and at the top of her concert she gives audiences My Fair Lady in fifteen minutes singing highlights including ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?’ and ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’. This was a fantastic snapshot of her current Broadway role and a great addition to the concert. Laura also showcased some of her other Broadway credits including The Sound of Music and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, where she sang ‘Lovesick’, a song she wished she could have sung in the show.
This concert truly demonstrated Laura’s diverse vocal ability; from beautiful lyrical soprano song, to singing an Ellie Golding and Lana Del Rey mash-up. I feel that it was Laura’s comedic ability that also sparkled last night. The wit of her impromptu stories proved what a wonderful entertainer she is; turning a technical fault with a microphone into a sign from God to sharing stories about Patti LuPone and getting a marriage license in New York City.
Laura is famous for doing an impression of First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and last night Melania took to the stage. Joined by RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar Bianca Del Rio, they dueted the Stephen Sondheim classic ‘Send In The Clowns’.
Musical Director Todd Almond joins Laura Benanti across her solo concerts and it was brilliant to see the duo in London, last night. Todd had a brilliant solo moment in the second act with a song he arranged – ‘If Dolly Parton met Bach’ – using classical Bach phrases with Dolly Parton hits ‘Marry Me’ and ‘Jolene’.
Once again Club 11 and Take-Two Theatricals produced a stunning evening at Cadogan Hall, with more shows lined up in 2019 they are the perfect Sunday musical theatre treat.