Reviewed by Peter Dilley
It sounds like an attempt to emulate ITV's popular song and chat formula (without the celebrity appearances), and basically that's what you get. No bad thing: Jonathan Veira is as witty and entertaining as many an A-list star - deliberately or otherwise. At the start, Jonathan trips on the stage steps during his "grand entrance", so the one-man show can only get better from there on. It's full of self-deprecating humour, with plenty of hilarious exchanges with the audience. Jonathan is best known as an operatic bass-baritone, but his set list also includes songs from his youth: so besides Donizetti and Gershwin, he sings "Desperado" by the Eagles, Elton John's "Your Song", Billy Joel's "Piano Man", and a medley of country and western song excerpts. A jazz rendition of "Jesus Loves Me" showcases his talents as a pianist. He does have a more serious side, which comes through particularly in his testimony introducing "King Of Kings, Majesty", but also in "Child" (about the AIDS epidemic), and the prayerful "God Of The Moon And Stars", both fruits of his recent album project with Paul Field. Watch the DVD, and I'm sure you'll want to see Jonathan's show live.
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|On 30th January 2005, in front of a sell-out audience at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Jonathan Veira performed his critically acclaimed one-man show during an evening that those gathered will never forget. This DVD captures that amazing night.
With far more than just his performance, this DVD features behind the scenes footage during this memorable day, plus interviews, additional songs and stills among some three hours of extras.
To a soundtrack of relentless laughter, Jonathan was on top form, delivering his testimony through humour and song in a way that believers and non-believers of all ages will no doubt relate. An Audience With Jonathan Veira was not just a performance, but an evening with a friend.