Natalie Weiss ‘On The Pull’: Leicester Square Theatre, London
9th June 2019
Natalie Weiss, the New York City based performer and vocal coach, best-known for her hit Youtube series, “Breaking Down the Riffs”, wowed audiences with her third concert at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Natalie’s voice can be heard on various soundtracks including The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, and on the jingles for The Incredibles 2. In addition to this, she has starred in Les Misérables, Wicked, Ghost, Chess, and American Idol.
Her unique twist on modern pop and musical theatre makes her eclectic set interesting to everyone. The two and a half hour concert was full of mash-ups, musical theatre hits, comedy and, of course, riffs. The mash-up queen reigns once more starting with a Beyoncé mash-up from the outset. Natalie is an expert at managing to combine different songs to create a combination so perfect you wonder why it hasn’t been done before.
At ease on the stage, Natalie fills the silence constantly with her relatable, honest character. Telling stories about her life in such an open, and at the same time sarcastic, way that shows she is not afraid to show her flaws and embarrass herself. Each story led directly to a well-planned song, each of which was performed superbly. Even the occasional false start or missed word, which Natalie was quick to tell us about, didn’t take anything away from each performance which was quite literally a masterclass in vocal technique. From softer, subtle moments to full on belting – it seems Natalie is capable of it all.
What makes Natalie’s concerts stand apart from others is her humour and down to earth persona. This was highlighted by the hilarious ‘Never Enough‘ from The Greatest Showman in which Natalie proceeded to perform in her own ‘distinctive’ style with almost every note off key and flat. Not only does it actually take skill to be this bad but it takes a heck of a lot of guts and the audience loved it! Natalie’s down-to-earth stage presence is a joy to watch and makes the audience feel like they are more than just spectators.
Natalie was joined by special guest, Lucie Jones (seen in Rent, Legally Blonde, Les Misérables and soon to be Jenna in Waitress). Both stars excelled during their version of ‘Let Me Be Your Star’ from the hit series Smash. Natalie’s mash-up of ‘Cry Me a River‘ and ‘Funny Valentine‘ with Addi McDaniel demonstrated her skill for softer, delicate vocals and served as a great contrast to some of the other, louder vocals.
Featuring songs such as ‘Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad‘ from Bonnie and Clyde, ‘What Baking Can Do‘ from Waitress, ‘Moving Too Fast‘ from The Last Fine Years, ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ from 9to5 and ‘Heart of Stone’ from Six, Natalie showed that she can sing just about anything.
Georgina Onourah, Chrissie Huntley and Tom James provided excellent backing vocals and a special mention must also be given to Addi McDaniel who opened the show. Her music aims to blur the lines between roots, blues, soul and jazz and opened the show to much applause.
Superbly talented, hilarious and always guaranteed to deliver a diverse set list. If you get the chance to see Natalie Weiss in concert grab it! Trust me. You won’t be disappointed.