I have seen Daniel in various shows over the years including Avenue Q, High Society, West End Recast and The Famished Land and have always been blown away by his vocal and acting talents. He can belt out big ballads, softly sing haunting melodies and reduce audiences to fits of laughter in comical numbers.
All this and more he delivered during the one-off show at the Delfont Rooms in the Prince of Wales Theatre, part of their 'An Evening With . . . ' series of late night shows.
Daniel talked in between the numbers about the song choices and stories behind the songs themselves, showing himself to be a regular guy who just wants people to enjoy the songs he sings. He sang a range of songs from musicals, Disney, pop songs and even an original number based on a poem written by Daniel himself.
Throughout the show he was joined by guest singers Lauren Samuels, Rebecca Lock and Lee Mead.
Lauren Samuels, who was his co-star in a recent production of Love Story, sang a haunting number from the aforementioned show before they sang duet together again from Love Story. They were supported by 3 others from the production playing stringed instruments to accompany the singing.
Rebecca Lock sang a duet with Daniel from The Book of Mormon - Baptise Me. Having not seen the show I am not sure if the song is meant to be a comical farce, but that is how it was performed and this had the audience in fits of laughter.
Towards the end of the show, Daniel was joined by Lee Mead, his onetime Joseph rival, and they sang the Fiyero / Elphaba duet As Long As You're Mine from Wicked. It really should not have worked, but it did.
The show ended with a personal favourite of mine, No Day But Today from Jonathan Larson's RENT, which almost reduced me to tears.
Remember the name because I predict that someday soon Daniel Boys will be achieving big things in the world of musical theatre and perhaps even beyond.