14 May 2021

There Will Be Light Review

Sarah Drake, an American performer who moved to the UK in October 2020 after the sad loss of her father brings us a magnificent online concert, There Will Be Light in aid of Acting For Others. 

Sarah opens the concert with a lovely introduction, she's instantly likeable with her upbeat and great energy. She then belts out "Don't Rain On My Parade" from the musical Funny Girl. Sarah has a lovely vocal tone and the song fits perfectly for her voice.

I watched the concert with a few pals and fellow theatre bloggers over Zoom and they were particularly taken by Michael Tacconi' and his acoustic performance of "Hope She Will Be Happier".

Becca Stenhouse, who I adored when I saw her understudying as Elle Woods in the UK Tour of Legally Blonde back in 2018, gave a great performance of "Maybe This Time" from the musical Cabaret. Becca has such an warm tone to her voice. 

Alex Lodge sang "Moving Too Fast" and Sarah followed with a touching rendition of "I Can't Make You Love Me" which she dedicated to the number of relationships which may have not worked out during the past year. 

The poster for There Will Be Light


The party then got started with Tavia Revée who sang the Whitney Houston classic "I Wanna Dance With Somebody". The upbeat joy of this song and Tavia's rendition got us all dancing on our Zoom. 

Rebecca Gilhooley sang 'Moving The Line' and Tiffany Chalothorn sang 'Other Side of the Tracks' before Sarah and Becca duetted 'Apex Predator' from Mean Girls. 

The brilliant Emma Salvo sang 'Times Like These' before Nick Hayes sang 'Beautiful City' which Sarah dedicated to all the people who we've sadly lost during the pandemic. 

The final number came from Soloman Jaye performing "Through Heaven's Eyes" from The Prince of Egypt. A tremendous performance to wrap up a brilliant concert.

Sarah did a fantastic job putting together this concert, it features a diverse cast performing a good range of songs in differing styles. It's both a lovely celebration of wonderful talent and of the theatre's re-opening which is on the horizon. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert, one of the most enjoyable online concerts that I've seen during this past year. 

You can watch There Will Be Light on YouTube for free, and you can donate to Acting For Others through this page

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