GIG REVIEW: Jordan Luke Gage via Leave A Light On


WHERE? Livestreaming via Leave A Light On courtesy the Theatre Cafe

WHEN: 31/3/20

We first saw Gage in Bat Out Of Hell  and he was starring as Romeo in & Juliet  before the lockdown and so we leapt at the chance to catch him in a more intimate gig.

  • Read on for reasons including what Gage’s dream role in a musical would be

‘Welcome to my mum’s living room,’ explains our host at the start of this socially-isolated, 55-minute solo gig: ‘I’m going to sing songs from shows I’ve been in and others I’d love to be in.’

Gage takes us back in time 10 years to when he was at stage school and students were asked to sing a song from a musical that they would be right for. While many of his classmates chose Spring Awakening, he plumped for Shrek.

Hadestown opened at the Olivier Theatre at the National in London in November 2018 and ran for three months before transferring to Broadway. It went on to win eight Tonys and told the story of a version of the Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus goes to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.

Gage praises Anaïs Mitchell who wrote the music, lyrics and book, chooses All I’ve Ever Known (originally a Eurydice/Orpheus duet) to sing from the show and says Orpheus would be his ‘dream role’.

His favourite song from & Juliet is It’s My Life (watch cast performance above): ‘It’s my entrance and it’s pretty amazing. I don’t want to give too much away but the audience aren’t expecting it and it’s just so exciting to see their faces when it happens.’

Gage is easy company and he reads out answers to questions posed by fans on social media before playing a song on guitar for the first time in public before. The tune is so new he’s yet to finish it and give it a title. He also performs a spoken word rap he’s written about the way we are now all living in the UK.

Gage explains his musical heroes are Freddie Mercury (he sings an impressive I Want To Break Free here) and Boy George. His dream role would be the David Bowie character in film Labyrinth.

This is the second Leave A Light On show we’ve caught in this season and we’d highly recommend them if you want to be entertained at home in these socially-distancing times and get to know your favourite West End musical theatre stars a little better.

  • Picture courtesy Lambert Jackson Productions. Tickets
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