Just like with Jessie Mueller’s last show as Jenna on Waitress a couple of months back, I went to see Sara’s last show today (June 11, 2017) and sat in the very same seat as when I saw Jessie’s last show.
There really are no words at how talented and amazing and perfect Sara is. No matter how many times I’ve seen and heard her live, her voice never ever fails to leave me in awe. Today was no different. I got chills twice during the show. The first time was during What Baking Can Do when she hit that super-high note and then held it for a few seconds and then hit another high note after that. I mean, my jaw was on the fucking floor.
And of course, she absolutely killed She Used To Be Mine and killed everything else after this performance. I swear to God, there wasn’t a dry eye inside the theater after this song and this includes Sara. She started crying during Take It From An Old Man and then her tears didn’t stop until after Everything Changes.
I was bummed that she couldn’t sign after the show since she had to skedaddle and make her way to the Tonys to present, but I’m still happy that I got to be a part of this experience with her. I’m just so incredibly proud of her and to be a fan and to see her grow as an artist. There really is nothing this woman can’t do. Grammy-nominated album, check. NY Times bestselling author, check. Tony-nominated musical, check. Us mere mortals don’t stand a chance.
All I know is that I’m eagerly awaiting her next CD because it’s about time she got back to making new music and to go out on tour. It’s been too long. Just hope she gets some well-deserved rest first and then she’ll hit the studio soon after.
Thank you, Ms. Bareilles. You are a true gem.