Live at Zedel, London
One of my first ever reviews on Rewrite This Story, was of Lucie Jones’ cabaret at Waterloo East where I completely fell in love with her insane voice and magnetic personality. In the two years since that concert, Jones has starred as Elle Woods in the UK tour of Legally Blonde, wowed as Maureen in Rent and was the UK’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. I guess you could say it’s been a pretty quiet time for her?! I have been lucky enough to see Jones in her various roles, but there’s always something special about a solo concert.
Zedel consistently provides the perfect atmosphere for a cosy, intimate night and allows the sole focus to be on the outstanding vocals of whoever is performing, so seeing such a talented vocalist take the stage there was a real treat. From the get-go, Jones commands the space and welcomes us into, what feels like, the inner circle.
Her bouncy humour and infectious personality puts us completely in the palm of her hand and allows us to experience a carefree night of laughs and joy, whilst our attention never wavers. In my experience of musical theatre cabarets, there are only a number of performers who are able to capture a crowd so effortlessly and remain natural and unforced throughout. Jones has truly mastered this and it’s clear why she has so many loyal fans.
Despite only having about 24 hours to put this concert together, the entire thing felt sleek and polished. MD for the concert was the outstandingly wonderful Sarah Travis. The banter between the pair was hilarious and they worked together so well that even moments which went slightly wrong almost felt as if they were scripted.
I would talk about each song on the setlist, but every single one was a highlight. From the opening, ‘The Winner Takes It All’ to the closing Eurovision song, ‘Never Give Up On You’, Jones showcased her incredible well-support vocals and ability to act through song.
Particularly impressive, is the control in Lucie’s voice; her well-honed technique is evident through her smooth mix of straight tone and vibrato, as well as her effortless mix and belt. A stand out moment for me was the mesmerising If I Loved You, where we got to see a more nuanced, gentler side to Lucie. She truly is a masterful performer and the hard work she puts into her craft is clear in every second she is on stage.
Although every song was outstanding, I will fangirl a bit more and mention a few of my other favourites… As a huge Anastasia fan, I adored the lyrical, Disney-esque rendition of Journey To The Past; the intensely beautiful, Nothing Stops Another Day pulled at my heart and That’s Life is made for Lucie’s voice. Alongside stellar vocals, Lucie provides some cracking anecdotes and ad libs which could be a comedy show of their own!
We were also treated to two special guests: Danny Mac and Rebecca Stenhouse. Rebecca Joined Lucie as they channeled Cady and Janis in the Mean Girls jam, Apex Predator, before Rebecca performed a fantastic version of Hopelessly Devoted To You, which she made feel contemporary with some added riffs and option ups. Danny took on the role of Dr. Pomatter in a sickly sweet performance of It Only Takes a Taste from Waitress and brought a beautiful stillness to the Zedel with his performance of It All Fades Away.
I could rave about Lucie’s voice for approximately the next 400 hours but I’ll wrap it up here and say that if you turn down the chance to see Lucie in any future performances, you are missing out big time. If you want to see a truthful artist who is so giving in her performance and able to magnetise a crowd toward her, then go and witness the star that is, Lucie Jones.
photo credit: Olivia Mitchell