Lively and engaging, the camaraderie between Seth Rudetsky and Liz Callaway was clear to see in this wonderfully varied concert.
One of my earliest memories is heading to the cinema for the first time for my birthday – the film was the animated version of the story of the Princess Anastasia and so I was introduced to the wonderfully colourful and vibrant vocals of Liz Callaway.
Which is why I was thrilled to watch this latest and fascinating concert hosted by Seth Rudetsky and the opportunity to find out more about her career up to this point.
The extraordinary thing about Callaway’s career is just how diverse it has been – as well as of mixed fortunes. From starring in a two week run of Merrily We Roll Along to an unsuccessful production of Brownstone composed by Peter Larson, with lyrics by Josh Rubins that caused them both to part ways, it shows just how difficult and brutal the theatre industry can be.
But throughout it all Callaway has a smile on her face throughout her many stories, making it clear she wouldn’t change a thing. This is all presented very intimately and the deep friendship between her and Rudetsky is perfectly clear – making it feel like a real privilege to be in their company. Each story is completely fascinating – including how during rehearsals of Miss Saigon she was heavily pregnant and afterwards when performances started her husband would be backstage helping with childcare.
Meanwhile musically, each song choice really highlights how characterful her voice is and the depth of detail she attends to each detail – as heard on songs such as ‘Since You Stayed here’ from Brownstone and ‘Tell Me on a Sunday’ that capture the gentleness and thoughtfulness of the songs perfectly.
For me though, it was the renditions of ‘Once Upon a December’ and ‘Journey to the Past’ that was a real thrill to listen to once again, reminding me again of the brilliance of the music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The dreamy quality of both songs is just exquisite. Hearing her experiences of doing the film and seeing the Broadway production was a real treat.
Overall, this was such a delightful concert I really didn’t want it to end – I could certainly listen to Liz Callaway singing all day and I would never get tired of her voice.
By Emma Clarendon