Photo Credit: Murphy Made Photography
It was back in September when I saw the wonderful, 2017 MetroStar Winner, Emily Ellet take the stage up at The Triad in the reprise of her debut show, “Uncharted”. The show blurb explains that the show would explore “old habits and new beginnings and uncharted territory outside one’s comfort zone.” She did this admirably in a 20-song program with excellent Musical Direction by Jeff Cubeta (and an amazing band) and as Directed by Stearns Matthews.
First let me talk about this voice. I remember Emily from the 2016 MetoStar challenge and could see “star” written all over her so I was not surprised that she won the contest in 2017. Her voice is like any Disney princess voice you can imagine and then add a little sass and grit and years of training and you only come close to the beautiful sound this young lady can make. She’s got “that look” too. Why she’s not currently on Broadway in a Disney production is beyond me! She also has this “sweet spot” in her voice that literally gave me chills…it’s that place in her voice where is goes from just amazing to really amazing with seemingly no effort.
She is Grace Kelly elegant and graceful on stage with the biggest blue eyes! Just lovely. I think that with more time in a cabaret setting, she will relax even more and start to deliver her patter to us like a conversation and not so much like a script. This just comes with doing it more.
Her program was eclectic and varied. Everything from Broadway, to American Songbook to Sara Bareilles to The Weather Girls! Yep! You read right. Her rendition of this last tune was worth the price of admission alone! Not surprising, each song was beautifully place vocally. Emotionally, I think Director Stearns Matthews helped Emily feel the tunes rather than just relying on her substantial acting chops although I did see her go from connected to “acting” a few time…again, it’s just a learning curve thing.
Constructively, I’d have to say that there were a few tunes that had a similar feel and story as another in the show and would advise that, in the future, one does not have to put “all” the songs into one show. Leave us wanting more and I do want more.
Actually, I am featuring Emily in my Urban Stages production of “The People You Should Know” on Tuesday night, December 18th at 7:00 pm (www.urbanstages.com) so you can all come to check her out for yourselves! She’s a new shining star on the scene!