The Other Palace, London
Louise Dearman is West End royalty so it’s only fitting that her first solo concert in four years took place on the day of the royal wedding. Well, Meghan may actually be royalty now but Dearman’s killer voice, perfect humour and all round brilliant stage presence certainly makes her a queen in my eyes.
The Other Palace concert felt like a family coming together to celebrate Dearman. I must admit I’d never seen the actress and singer in a solo concert before, but looking around at the smiling faces and hearing the instant applause made it clear that her loyal supporters and friends were all there to revel in the gloriousness of her performance. There was no hesitation in cheering, joining in to clap or laughing out loud; the audience was so giving and I can only imagine how great that must feel as a performer.
Dearman’s performance was faultless. Her natural wit and charm had me smiling from ear to ear and just feeling joyous. The concert featured a number of songs from the new album For You, For Me which includes songs Dearman has fallen in love with over the years and songs fans have asked her to sing. Particular standout’s of the night were ‘Easy as Life’ which was effortlessly beautiful and ‘Time Heals Everything’ which not only sounded glorious but rekindled my love for Mack and Mabel. Other standouts were the haunting, ‘Uninvited’, heartfelt ‘She Used to Be Mine’ and the wonderful Donna Summer medley.
The band was outstanding as were Dearman’s backup singers/duet partners. Ashley Samuels sounded especially beautiful during his duet of ‘City of Stars’. The delight on everyone’s faces was evident which made the killer vocals even more impressive.
Obviously Louise’s powerhouse belt mixed with smooth vocals are outstanding but it’s her charisma which makes a night like this so special. From the get go she commands the stage and is genuinely funny. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at a concert and am truly honoured to have been a part of the night. Louise’s quick wit goes a mile a minute and she fills every moment of no singing with a joke, anecdote or hilarious facial expression which keeps the show flowing and the audience invested through the concerts entirety. Particularly hilarious was when Louise restarted her song after singing it in a MirandaSings style (not that it sounded bad to me at all!), a self-confessed lyric forgetter, Louise is professional at carrying on and makes light of any mistakes and she certainly didn’t forget as many lyrics as this iconic performance of June is Busting Out All Over.
Everyone who was a part of this concert was outstanding and it was a truly mesmerising night. Louise Dearman is a spellbinding performer and I can only hope it’s not another four years until we get to experience this joy again. Louise told the audience to never be afraid of asking her to sing songs so I’d like to put my request in that she performs the entire phone book… alternatively a gender-switched version of Moving Too Fast from The Last 5 Years.
Louise’s album For You, For Me is available now.