Jeremy Jordan in Concert
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Catalina Bar & Grill
Special guest: Ashley Spencer
Songs performed: Broadway Here I Come, Santa Fe, Underwater, Bonnie, More Than Words/Heaven, Let It Go, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Home and more
Comments: Broadway and TV star Jeremy Jordan made his LA stage debut with 3 shows at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. He was a Tony Award nominee for his role in the musical “Newsies” and starred in the film “Joyful Noise” along with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as well as season 2 of the show “Smash”.
He came on and introduced himself, as 18 years old from Corpus Christi, Texas. He then proceeded to sing like he was on his first audition with a song from the musical “Chess.” Then, he gave us the truth… he is really 29, but he is really from Texas. And he made sure the audience knew he wasn’t the 90’s teen pop singer/actor or the gay porn performer. So they might as well just sit back and enjoy the show. He called the show — Breaking Character, as this was new to him, since he sings mostly as an actor, and not as himself.
Between songs he would tell the audience about himself, how he came to get such roles in shows like “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Rock of Ages” and “Newsies.” Plus how he met his wife, Ashley Spencer. She helped him out on 2 numbers — one from “Smash” and one from “Rock of Ages.” He also premiered a song from his new movie with Anna Kendrick, ‘The Last 5 Years.”
Ashley helped to pick a girl from the crowd that Jeremy would sing to. The guy next to me was raising his hand, wanting to be picked. He sang “Bonnie” to a girl named Emily, who proceeded to cop a feel on his chest.
The show was very gay friendly… which is not surprising considering he is mostly known for Broadway show tunes. He made a point of saying that the gay guy playing the piano was single and was good w/ his hands. He premiered a few pop/rock tunes (3 in total) that he said he wrote himself. He also played guitar on those songs too.
It was my first time at this club… sort of a supper club like atmosphere, with people eating and drinking during the show.
He relayed how he was obsessed with the movie “Newsies” as a kid… never dreaming that one day he would be starring in the show on Broadway one day.
He closed the show with his take on the smash from “Frozen” — “Let It Go.” The finale had him singing a medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” along with “Home” from “The Wiz.”
I was surprised that this was his LA debut. He is a good singer and performer, and I can definitely see him performing at Disney Concert Hall or the Hollywood Bowl sometime. Thanks to Jeremy for a great evening of music. This was a nice event to add to my birthday week festivities.