West End Up Close…An Evening with Jodie Jacobs – House of St Barnabas, Soho

Cabaret and solo concert events in the West End are an opportunity to get close to an individual performer as themselves rather than playing a role in a show, so it is a unique and often very intimate experience.  This event certainly more than lived up to expectations.  “An Evening with Jodie Jacobs” was absolutely fantastic, an informal romp of an evening, full of laughter and with a stunning vocal performance from the lady herself. 

Jodie Jacobs’ career began over 15 years ago, and some of her work includes Fame, Footloose, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, Carrie, Jest End and Legally Blonde, and she certainly knows the industry well.  The set comprised mostly lesser-known musical songs that are close to Jodie’s heart in some way, and she told some both moving stories and some that had the audience roaring with laughter too. 

There were two special guests at this event, Kim Criswell and Evelyn Hoskins, with whom she worked in Carrie at the Southwark Playhouse.  Kim and Evelyn each sang individual songs which were fantastic, and both of them have very different, but equally beautiful, voices.  There were powerful duets, and then the trio came together for the penultimate song to perform an arrangement of ‘Unsuspecting Hearts’ from Carrie, which was a powerhouse of truly amazing vocal abilities.

The event was hosted at the House of St Barnabas in Soho, who are a charity organisation dedicated to helping the homeless.  They have an employment scheme in operation to help homeless people find work, and all the revenue from the events, bar and memberships go into helping the homeless, so it’s a great charity.  For more information, visit their website: https://hosb.org.uk/    The venue itself was spectacular: a beautiful chapel which had amazing acoustics, beautiful architecture, and the candles placed around the walls created a warm, welcoming and intimate atmosphere.

 In conclusion, it was brilliant evening, and we’d thoroughly recommend going to see solo concerts by West End stars like the incredible Jodie Jacobs.   She said she’s “waiting to hear on some nice stuff right now but is otherwise deeply unbusy after tonight”.  She has an outstanding voice and is an extremely talented actress as well as being a thoroughly lovely person.  We’re really looking forward to seeing her in her next venture, whatever it may be. 

 

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