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Jeremy Jordan in Concert

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”.Jeremy Jordan

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.

 

Goodbye 90210/Smash

Saying goodbye is never fun or easy. Two of my favorite shows are ending in a few weeks. One was a reboot of a classic Aaron Spelling soap, the other was a pedigreed show that never quite lived up to expectations. I am talking about 90210 on the CW and Smash on NBC.

The original Beverly Hills, 90210 ran for 10 seasons on Fox from 1990 to 2000. It launched the careers of Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestly and Luke Perry. The reboot 90210 debuted in 2008 and will be ending its five year run this coming May. Though not as long running as the original, it still had a decent run (compared to the rebooted Melrose Place which only had 1 season).90210

90210 concerned a bunch of rich kids in Beverly Hills, first attending West Beverly High and then California University, if going to college at all. This version at least added some people of color, with Tristin Wilds as Dixon and Michael Steger as Navid. It also updated viewers on some of their favorite ladies from the original series in the first year or 2 of the show.

I watched all of season 1, part of season 2, missed season 3, and picked it up again for seasons 4 and 5. There was always plenty of beautiful people having a lot of drama in their lives with school, careers and love lives. It seemed like everyone dated everyone on that show. And they had a lot of fun too, fabulous parties and crazy getaways.

I got to know these people and liked spending time with them. Shenae Grimes as Annie Wilson; Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson; Jessica Stroup as Erin Silver; AnnaLynne McCord as Naomi Clark; Michael Steger as Navid Sharazi, Jessica Lowndes as Adrianna Tate-Duncan; and Matt Latner as Liam Court. They fought, they loved, they cried, but at the end of the day they were still friends.

Smash debuted in 2012 as a mid-season replacement on NBC. Headlined by Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty as dueling divas, both vying for the same job — playing Marilyn Monroe in a fictional Broadway musical named Bombshell. Other stars include Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport and Christian Borle.

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