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Rachel Bloom Live in London

London Palladium

 

The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is alive and well, and just finished two sold out shows at the world famous London Palladium.

Billed as Rachel Bloom Live, the show differed in content and scale to the live Crazy Ex-Girlfriend shows in America, as seen in the special final episode of the show, with a scaled back stage featuring only her three person backing band, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songwriter Adam Schlesinger, and various lighting changes. Bloom was front and center, and allowed her voice to be the star of the show, with no costume changes  – and just a helping hand from some special guests. Bloom was delighted to interact with the audience, going off script numerous times to laugh at our accents, to make fun of her (lack of) knowledge of the UK, and give some fun stories about birth control.

The set list was heavily comprised of songs from her hit show, but not just her character’s Rebecca’s songs, she took the time, along with Schlesinger to sing some of the most loved songs by other characters, including It Was a Sh*t Show, What’ll It Be and I Tapped That Ass, all originally sung by Santino Fontana who left the show partway through the second season. Bloom, Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen who also helped to write the show’s music, previously discussed that these were some of the more difficult songs to write for the show, and therefore some they were proudest of, so it was great to see Bloom turn the lack of CXG cast in to an opportunity to share new renditions of some of the best hits.

Whilst she was without her Girl Group 4Eva, she did have choreographer Kat Burns join her on stage and the pair recruited a new Heather and Valencia from the audience to learn the numbers choreography and perform the song with them both. But these weren’t the only guests on stage, for the closing number of act one, The Math of Love Triangles, a very dashing pair of co-stars arrived to help out – Scott Michael Foster and Pete Gardner.

For the second act, the gents both performed some of their hits, including one of my favourites I Go to the Zoo and helped out as backing dancers for more of Bloom’s songs. We were also treated to more non CXG songs, including a mash-up of Bloom and Schlesinger’s most famous songs Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury and Stacey’s Mom. Bloom closed out the show to a standing ovation after performing You Stupid Bitch, one of the more raw and personal songs form the hit show.

If you, like me, were worried about where Bloom would end up after the show, you needn’t worry. This weekend’s performance and audience reactions make it clear that Bloom doesn’t have any signs of stopping now.

After the show extras:

At the stage door, hundreds of eager fans waited to get a glimpse of some of the stars, and while waiting turned in to their own mini encore performance, with a small group by the door conducting the huge crowds in renditions of I Have Friends, I’m Just A Girl In Love and when Gardner and Foster came out, Gardner led the crowds in a grand rendition of Man Nap. I was lucky enough to get a picture with Scott Michael Foster, and he truly is as gorgeous as he looks on TV, but also incredibly kind and humble.

Were you lucky enough to see one of Bloom’s shows? Let us know what you thought of it!

 

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