REVIEW: ‘A born performer and all round entertainer’ ★★★★★ Louise Dearman, The Other Palace

There are few performers who successfully make the switch from West End stardom to solo success. Going from playing a part to exposing your real personality to an audience is no mean feat, but Louise Dearman makes it look easy.

In a one-off concert at The Other Palace last week, the singer, who is perhaps best known as the only British actress to have played both witches in Wicked, enthralled a near sell-out audience not only with her out-standing vocal ability, but also with her natural aptitude for comedy.

The show comes after the release of Louise Dearman’s new album. Entitled For You, For Me, it’s an album that is packed with some fantastic versions of some of her favourite songs, along with tunes that fans have asked her to perform.

Louise began the concert with a mention of the album and hilariously made reference to  the title sounding like the famous Chuckle Brothers’ catch phrase. And alongside performing a plethora of well-known standards, the songstress continued to add mirth between each musical gem, to a point where I ached from laughing by the end.

But really we were all there for the music and Louise Dearman showed her versatility by performing a hugely varied programme to perfection.

Musical highlights included a powerful rendition of “Burn” from Hamilton, a glorious version of Carol King’s “Beautiful” and a fabulous Donna Summer medley, which the enthusiastic crowd were encouraged to sing along to.

Louise Dearman is a born performer and all-round entertainer, whose solo career, will undoubtedly continue to soar and I’m sure I’m not the only person, who would love to see a return to the West End in the not too distant future.

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