Filled with incredible stories and stunningly diverse range of songs, this latest concert in The Seth Concert Series was supremely fun and entertaining.
There was certainly plenty to take away from this latest engaging performance as part of The Seth Concert Series which this week shone a light on the diverse career of Stephanie J. Block who was most recently seen in The Cher Show on Broadway.
From an unexpected trip into custody at New York’s La Guardia airport to being told in an audition for Pocahontas that she looked like Cher – there is no denying that Stephanie J. Block is just as entertaining to listen to in terms of the stories that she has to tell as much as supreme range of her vocals.
Throughout the two hours, audiences are throughly entertained with the engaging chat between Seth Rudetsky and Stephanie that was consistently lively. This combined with some beautifully unique renditions of songs such as ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ and ‘Children Will Listen’ really makes for a engaging and fun way to spend a couple of hours.
But what is so impressive about Stephanie’s vocals as a whole is just how far she manages to involve herself in the character. From her stunningly prim and proper brief rendition of ‘Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious’ to the way in which she manages to capture Cher’s immensely distinctive vocals for a beautiful rendition of ‘Believe’ is just two such examples.
It really is difficult to pick any highlights as everything was so polished and slick – but ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘The Way of Love’ are two particular favourites from the concert. Both were filled with such heartfelt emotion it was truly mesmerising to watch.
Yes there were a few technical hitches along the way but with a concert that is so thoroughly engaging and enjoyable this is really a minor flaw in what is a wonderfully rich and varied performance.
By Emma Clarendon