Jeremy Jordan in Concert: Cadogan Hall, London
Reviewed 2nd September 2018
Broadway star Jeremy Jordan is no stranger to the stage having starred in many shows including Newsies, Bonnie and Clyde and the NBC hit TV show ‘Smash‘. For the past three years he has been starring in the CBS and CW hit ‘Supergirl‘ and as an Tony and Grammy-nominated actor and singer the audience were in for a treat during this intimate concert. For just three performances Jeremy wowed audiences with a selection of hits.
Jeremy Jordan’s talent is undeniable. As he sang through a variety of taxing songs he seemed to do so effortlessly. The tone and depth to his voice is amazing, as is the passion and emotion he puts into each song. Having been in many Broadway shows over the years it was clear that Jeremy would be singing a selection of these numbers and despite having probably performed each song countless times he managed to sing each as if it was a fresh piece. The ability to switch between songs and characters so quickly is brilliant, but to be able to do so and still commit emotionally to each song is amazing.
Particular highlights have to be his Smash Medley, ‘Raise a Little Hell‘ from Bonnie and Clyde, an innovative take on Disney’s ‘Under the Sea‘ from The Little Mermaid, ‘Moving Too Fast‘ from The Last Five Years and ‘Santa Fe‘ from Newsies. However, Jeremy didn’t solely stick to Musical Theatre songs, he also used the concert to premiere some of his original material from his album, to be released soon. He also, much to the audience’s amusement, took the time to work through some of his first songs, written when he was just an teenager full of angst with the song ‘Penetration‘ being a particular hit with the 900+ audience members.
Another stand-out moment was during Jeremy’s set was his spectacular performance of ‘It’s All Coming Back To Me‘. This song, which as Jeremy said himself is extremely long and taxing, was performed absolutely fantastic. But what made it even better were the slight slip-ups, the missing lines or beats and the laughing in between verses. It made everyone remember that he is actually human and throughout the concert the banter between himself and the MD, Benjamin Rauhala, and the audience was funny and friendly, showing a different side to his confident onstage persona. In those brief snippets the audience got to see glimpses of the real Jeremy Jordan.
This concert, like with most concerts wth artists of this calibre, featured outstanding vocals, a varied set list and passionate performances. Jeremy is an extremely talented singer and performer. The audience were entranced and left having experienced something very special.