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The Seth Concert Series – Jessica Vosk | Review

Despite being based in New Jersey, Jessica Vosk didn’t find herself going for roles on Broadway in her school days. Her parents, she muses, wanted her to have a childhood and not be put under the stresses and strains of doing shows. But this carried on into adulthood. Belonging to a family of grafters, she was raised in an environment where people went out to work and did jobs irrespective of whether or not they enjoyed whatever it was they did for a living. But they paid the bills and kept themselves going. The notoriously unstable nature of the entertainment industry, therefore, wasn’t exactly palatable to Vosk’s parents, and she went off to university and graduated with a degree in Communications and Public and Investor Relations.

Jessica Vosk
Jessica Vosk

They were, however, never explicitly against Vosk taking to the stage, even after she had worked in a Wall Street job for two and a half years. They turned out in droves to see a scheduled understudy performance of the 2014 Broadway production of The Bridges of Madison County (the show’s composer and lyricist, Jason Robert Brown, was conducting that night), and have supported her ever since. Her formative years were not, however, devoid of any stage experience, and she took leading roles in school productions time and time again.

Thirteen songs featured in this ninety-minute concert, an impressive amount of music especially given the amount of conversation that went on. In line with other episodes in The Seth Concert Series, there was a broad and eclectic range, this time ranging from the Gershwin Brothers’ ‘Something To Watch Over Me’ to ‘What Baking Can Do’ from Waitress. There’s a clarity in Vosk’s singing voice, at least some of which is probably attributable to what she called ‘classical training’.

Using her social media accounts as ‘platforms’ from which she talks about social justice issues (amongst other things), she is comfortable with being “very opinionated”, and equally comfortable with those who have reason to disagree with her assertions. When she starred in a touring production of Wicked, she had correspondence from parents of autistic children who said their children had become more responsive thanks to their theatrical experience. She gained a better understanding of what it is to feel “othered” (the character of Elphaba being green-skinned).

As ever, there was still the need to get used to an online audience posting hand clap emojis on the show’s chat function rather than hearing the sound of thunderous applause. Whether it was the powerhouse belting of ‘The Wizard and I’ and ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked, or the more subtle ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’ from Jesus Christ Superstar, Vosk demonstrated an ability to navigate with confidence a variety of musical styles. An immensely pleasurable evening.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Jessica Vosk (performing January 24) was recently seen on Broadway in Wicked after having spent a year playing Elphaba in the national tour. She most recently starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute Something to Dance About, directed by Warren Carlyle, and re-created the role of Fruma Sarah in the most recent revival of Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway: Finding Neverland, The Bridges of Madison County. She starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony West Side Story.

LISTING INFORMATION:
Mark Cortale Presents
THE SETH CONCERT SERIES / January – February 2021

JESSICA VOSK with SETH RUDETSKY
Sunday, January 24th at 8PM EST
Monday, January 25th at 3PM EST

JEREMY JORDAN and ASHLEY SPENCER with SETH RUDETSKY
Sunday, January 31st at 8PM EST
Monday, February 1st at 3PM EST

CHRISTY ALTOMARE with SETH RUDETSKY
Sunday, February 7th at 3PM EST (*note flipped Sun/Mon times due to Super Bowl)
Monday, February 8th at 8PM EST

STEPHANIE J. BLOCK and SEBASTIAN ARCELUS with SETH RUDETSKY
Sunday, February 14th at 8PM EST
Monday, February 15th at 3PM EST

SANTINO FONTANA with SETH RUDETSKY
Sunday, February 21st at 8PM EST
Monday, February 22nd at 3PM EST

All tickets available at thesethconcertseries.com

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