Thursday, 28 May 2015

Review: Keith Jack 'A Little Bit More of Me' at the Pheasantry

Keith Jack - A Little Bit More of Me
The Pheasantry
Reviewed on Sunday 24th May 2015

Following the release of his latest studio album, last Sunday Keith Jack brought his solo show ‘A Little Bit More of Me’ to the Pheasantry in Chelsea. Staying true to his theatrical roots whilst guiding us through his past and throwing in one or two surprises, the carefully constructed set list worked a treat.

I often see cabarets where performers simply sing a handful of their favourite songs; however, Jack captivated the audience with interesting stories which put each song into context and brought personal meaning. He naturally bounced off the crowd, who were vocal throughout and more than happy to join in with lah-ing in Elton John's 'Crocodile Rock' and become the choir for 'Any Dream Will Do' which concluded the evening.

The evening's special guest was the divine Sophia Ragavelas who was recently seen in Cats at the London Palladium and has now joined the UK tour of Calamity Jane. Ragavelas' vocals soared as she astounded with a belting rendition of 'Love You I Do' from Dreamgirls followed by an emotionally heartfelt performance of 'Love Ain't Here Anymore' from Take That musical Never Forget. 

Later in the evening Jack – who finished second on BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do in 2007 and went on to star in the UK touring production of Joseph – and Ragavelas united for a duet of 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin. Their chemistry was strong with their voices blending beautifully; it's a shame they only shared the stage once! 

Jack also invited his girlfriend Alison Parsons up onstage to perform a stripped down, ballad arrangement of 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)'. On paper this may sound cheesy, but it was a sincere and heart-warming moment, you could feel the love in the room.

The Pheasantry is my absolute favourite cabaret venue. Although it's in need of a swankier website, the atmosphere is always relaxed and extremely supportive. Accompanied by just a piano, Jack's vocals sounded strong throughout. His spontaneous banter with musical director Scott Morgan had the audience in hysterics right through the evening. Personal highlights included 'You Make Me Feel So Young', 'Giants in the Sky', ‘The Moment’ and 'With You', with each song showcasing a different side to Jack's talents.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Visit Keith's website for further information and to purchase his A Little Bit More Of Me album.

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