Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Well, here we are a year into the pandemic and you know these BFFs have been missing our live theatre. One of our favourite pre-pandemic evening outings used to be heading to Live on Elgin for cabaret nights with performers from groups like Lost Baggage Musical Theatre. We were thrilled when we heard their special-themed Valentine’s show was still taking place, albeit a tad late, and online, for our enjoyment.
My Funny Valentine is streamed on YouTube and done cabaret-style with individual, duet and small group performances (coordinated quite well with each performer in their own location for some of the songs!) presenting popular romantic comedy songs from your favourite shows. You’ll find yourself swaying and singing along from the comfort of your own home to songs from shows like Oklahoma!, Grease, Frozen, Waitress: The Musical, The Pajama Game and many more.
Most performers had basic costumes and a few had simple choreography, making use of their homes to set the stage. In particular, Morgan Coughlan and Niamh Webber with Ready Set, Not Yet from Beetlejuice: The Musical, made great use of nearly the entire first floor of their house — and with some great camera work to boot.
One of our favourite performances was a song you might not know, as it’s not from a show, but was perhaps made most famous by Kristin Chenoweth. Taylor, the Latte Boy, performed by Katie Irvine, will bring you joy as she plays the seriously-lusting-for-her-barista coffee shop regular.
Maya Desrosier brought us right back to the National Arts Centre on New Year’s Day 2020, when we saw Waitress: The Musical, with her rendition of When He Sees Me.
To be expected with any sort of streaming show, the sound quality can vary from performer to performer based on the calibre of mic and recording equipment, but it’s nothing we’re not all used to by this point.
While of course this can’t replace the joy of live music and being in the same room, these performances will definitely satisfy that musical itch until we can all be together safely again.
My Funny Valentine runs February 26 and 27 online. The show runs an hour and a half including a ten-minute intermission. Streaming passes can be purchased at Lost Baggage Musical Theatre and are pay-what-you-can. Stay tuned as they present Clue: The Musical, where you can play along from home, coming this May.