This latest concert featured a number of immensely enjoyable performances combined with real insight into the theatre industry.
Given the fact that Sierra Boggess has stared in The Phantom of the Opera on multiple occasions as well as its sequel Love Never Dies, it is perhaps no wonder that it featured so heavily in this gorgeous sounding concert.
This latest in the Seth Concert Series really managed to highlight her classy and warm vocals with an excellent song selection that began with a wonderfully vibrant rendition of ‘I Have Confidence’ from The Sound of Music. But it also reflected her strong technical ability, which has of course served her well in The Phantom of the Opera, highlighted here with a performance of ‘Minute Waltz’ (that as both Boggess and Rudetsky reassured the audience was notoriously difficult to get right) – that was a really stunning performance that both made seem easy.
But interspersed with the music, there are plenty of entertaining stories along the way. This includes a couple of lovely anecdotes involving when she met Barbra Streisand and how she lost a tooth while playing Christine. Everything just flows really nicely during the ninety minutes that it is possible to lose track of time.
Credit should also be given to Seth Rudetsky, whose accompaniment on the piano is just superb as heard on the impulsive rendition ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, that was really moving and captures just how talented and accomplished they both are to be able to just dive into an unrehearsed song like that.
It has to be said though, that perhaps the most entertaining performance of the concert was the way in which ‘Think of Me’ was performed by Boggess – first in the style of Britney Spears (as tribute to the production in Las Vegas) then in Japanese, then in French as tribute to the production which sadly never opened due to a fire and of course a Broadway section that was simply stunning. A wonderful way to capture a show that has played such a strong part of her career.
Overall, it was certainly one of those concerts that you really didn’t want to end. Warm, engaging and immensely enjoyable from start to finish it was a delightful way to spend ninety minutes.
By Emma Clarendon