BWW Reviews: LOUISE DEARMAN - THE PERFECT YEAR, St James Theatre, Dec 16 2013

BWW Reviews: LOUISE DEARMAN - THE PERFECT YEAR, St James Theatre, Dec 16 2013

There was always going to be a great atmosphere at this gig.

One of London's newest and best performance spaces - and just across the road from the Apollo Victoria - the St James Studio played host to Louise Dearman's Christmas cabaret, entitled 'The Perfect Year', and showcasing ner new album 'It's Time' as well as some of her festive favourites.

Of course the front row was packed out with her fans, who would have cheered anything she did - but it's fortunate then that this is also one of the most entertaining nights at the theatre I've had this year.

Dearman's skill and versatility as a vocalist is well known, switching from the role of Glinda to Elphaba in Wicked and performing each to great acclaim.

But she's also a very engaging and accomplished solo performer, chatting with ease and humour to her audience, meaning they forgave even the occasional forgotten line ("I'm here again tomorrow! Treat this as a dress rehearsal!" she joked).

Daniel Koek, currently playing Jean Valjean, joined her on stage for a duet of The Prayer, but this was Dearman's night, with her repertoire ranging from 'Jekyll and Hyde' to Damien Rice singles to a rather saucy personalised version of 'Santa Baby'.

If you can get to the St James Studio tonight, you should.

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Carrie Dunn After spending her formative years reading books and ending up with a Masters degree in English literature from King's College London, it was inevitable that Carrie should be a journalist. Her pure and simple delight in the art-form of musical theatre led to the Guardian asking her to be their West End Girl. Since then, she's picked up a PhD, and also written for many other UK publications, including the Times and the Independent. She has many eclectic loves, including sport, karaoke, reality television, MMORPGs, three-volume Victorian novels, the British seaside, embroidery and Veronica Mars.


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