In my recent review of LEAVES OF GLASS at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre – which runs through Feb 8th, I wrote of Euan Morton’s performance –
“Euan Morton is heartbreaking as he sits immobile, staring out after what might have been after we discover their sour secret. He is at times charming and amusing, volatile and strong with a childlike inner grace that shines throughout. It is an incredibly honest performance.”
When I reviewed the DVD SHOW BUSINESS – “the road to Broadway” which is an intriguing, behind the scenes look at four high profile musicals – AVENUE Q, WICKED, TABOO and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – on their rocky road to Broadway – each with the highest of expectations of winning the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical 2004, I was transfixed by Mr. Morton’s portrayal of Boy George – however briefly seen on the DVD.
“What amazed me most was the ill-fated Taboo. And I am truly sorry to have missed it. It seems unique and powerful. Euan Morton and Raul Esparza terrifically exciting. I hope it gets another chance before we see, yet again, another revival of Gypsy.” This I wrote, prior to the Patti LuPone production.
This brings me to Euan Morton’s excellent debut solo recording – NEW CLEAR – which was released in 2006. It’s an eclectic mix of modern love songs. Each one is chosen with care and sung with the most lyrical, pure and remarkable voice of Mr. Morton who has a natural gift of singing straight from the heart and piercing the heart of whomever is listening. Even without the printed lyrics (which I missed) the clarity of the words comes through. More importantly their meaning is felt – passionately.
Singing songs of love to a soft pop/rock or a country western tune or a Kenny G sounding arrangement the repertoire covers a new love, a one night stand, the sweetness, strength and irony of love, the complications – the strange places that love can bring you, victimization, the heartbreaking hurt of love, and the seductive, soaring passion of true love. It’s a wonderful collection. And Mr. Morton sings with a magnetism that seems to be making love to the microphone. Or is it that the microphone is making love to Mr. Morton voice? A sensational “At This Moment” clearly defines Euan Morton as a major recording personality.
Included are two terrific Boy George songs – “Pie in the Sky” and “Victims”. I do hope Taboo is revived starring Euan Morton very soon indeed or he is cast in a brand new musical that will show off all his myriad talents.
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