It’s only been just over a week since Louise Dearman finished her contract as ‘Elphaba’ in the musical Wicked, however this hasn’t stopped her from keeping busy with interviews and gigs to help promote her upcoming album “It’s Time” which’ll be released on December 2nd. Last night at Cardinal Place in Victoria she performed as part of the Create Victoria events, with some tracks from the album and a Christmas number to get everyone in the festive mood!
Despite waiting in the bitter cold to see Louise, warmed up slightly by complimentary mulled wine on site (thank you very much!), it was totally worth the wait. There’s been a lot of anticipation surrounding Louise’s new album after she announced the news of it towards the end of her contract in Wicked. While performing the demanding role of Elphaba, unbeknownst to all she’d been in recording studios putting together her fourth album, compiled of musical theatre classics. Her previous album, “Here Comes the Sun“, was an album mainly containing non-musical theatre numbers, though a “Wicked Edition” during her time as Elphaba had been released with a re-arrangement of “Defying Gravity“.
The numbers you’ll be able to hear on “It’s Time” include hits from musicals, “The Wiz“, “A Chorus Line“, “Les Miserables“, “Funny Girl” and “Once“, and if you pre-order it you can receive an exclusive track that isn’t on the album.
Back to Cardinal Place! First Louise sang four tracks that can be found on the album, with “Home“, “Over the Rainbow“, “What I Did For Love” and “Astonishing” which were accompanied by Barney Ashworth on keyboard. I absolutely cannot fault Louise on what a sensational voice she has, and I loved hearing these tracks that help make up what I’m sure is going to be a very successful album. As well as tracks from the album, Louise fittingly sang “The Christmas Song” while most of us sipped mulled wine and were surrounded by Christmas decorations that shower Cardinal Place.
Louise is always very personal with her audience which I think is one of the biggest factors of why she is so loved in the world of musical theatre. She came onstage with a cup of camomile tea and joked about how she’d rather be having the mulled wine, while also getting completely distracted by the person in a chicken outfit to promote the Nando’s stall. Not only that, but she jested that due to the intimacy of the event it felt like we were all in her living room while she was just having a little sing, and jokingly asked if we’d prefer to go to her living room rather than be out in the cold. The ‘rambling’ in between songs, as she put it, only attributed to her bubbly and funny personality that translates wonderfully to the audience – it’s hard to not like Louise.
This is the attitude that will undoubtedly be seen in her UK tour that she’ll be taking “It’s Time” on in 2014, where Louise will be performing in Somerset, Leeds, Norwich, Horsham, Neath, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Harlow, Weston Super Mare and Hereford. This is all just before she’ll be starring in new musical “Water Babies” at Leicester’s Curve Theatre, while also performing in her own concerts or being part of others; as I say, she’s a busy lady!
Next for Louise before her album launches is “Movies and Musicals” at the Apollo Victoria, a fortnight before she’ll be putting on two of her own concerts at the stunning St. James Theatre – “The Perfect Year“. You’d think after a 13-month contract in a West End show a performer would want to take a short break at least but that’s not Louise’s style. As she said last night, she loves her work and is grateful to have it, I think she’ll be working for as long as she possibly can, let’s hope so!