Miss Saigon’s Tony Award nominee, Eva Noblezada, has grown up. Her show Girl No More at The Green Room 42, shows a multi-talented performer who is not exactly happy with how she was treated and speaks to the doubts that set in. She has cut her hair into a smart bob, wears little makeup, pink satin pants, and a simple black top that looks almost like a leotard. She starts off with “The Girl From Ipanema”. It is the song she least connects to, but don’t be fooled because the rest of her show is breathtaking. She is an incredible performer.
Girl No More starts with Eva stating; “I don’t care if you don’t want me…I’m yours right now.” Noblezada is a 21-year-old who is fiery, sexy, sultry, angry, hurt and working her way through a myriad of emotions. You want to hug her and tell her it will be ok. She reminds you of a Judy Garland, a Liza Minnelli or Amy Winehouse, whose songs she sings. She is completely raw, exposing herself like a person on a mission. She is not afraid to out herself and is incredibly brave.
Her show starts at the Jimmy’s, the show that highlights the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Though she did not win, a casting agent sent her to audition for Miss Saigon and she was cast as Kim at 17 and sent to London, alone. In London, a costume designer commented on her weight, which sent her into a spiral of self-doubt and bulimia that stayed with her during the 2014 London revival. To highlight this part of the story, she sings “When I Look at You” from The Scarlet Pimpernel. She connects to this song like a seasoned adult in love.
Ms. Noblezada has a connection to the American songbook, she sends a series of f-bombs to the people who do not know the classic “Fly Me to the Moon”. The song takes on a blues feel with riffs that soar just as high as the title. Her arranger/ musical director/accompanist, Rodney Bush, is a find. You have to imagine a young girl singing this to her mirror in hopes of becoming a star.
Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” showed a pop side that was highly bankable.
“Let’s Be Bad” from Smash was my favorite number of the night. Ms. Noblezada showed a side that was remarkably versatile and fun.
“Who Are You” by Fifth Harmony connected back to the beginning statement: “I don’t care if you don’t want me…I’m yours right now.” But honestly, who wouldn’t want this girl, she is so uber-talented.
“Dancing” is a song Noblezada discovered down a YouTube rabbit-hole spiral. This song by Elisa, a little-known Italian singer, is remarkable.
Winehouse’s “Me and Mr. Jones” continued the f-bombs, but in all honesty, I just really do not want to see a 21-year-old star-on-the-rise singing this.
Her DEva (get it?) included roles she should play such as The Wild Party, Wicked, Les Miserable, Hamilton, In the Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cabaret, and Yentel. Somebody, please cast this girl in these. Ms. Noblezada is a phenomenal talent.
Not to worry Saigon fans, Eva does throw in “Sun and Moon”, but ironically she screws up the lyrics, not that anyone would notice unless you really know the songs.
Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful” finishes the set and the lyrics make us want to cry.
Will you still love me
When I’m no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me
When I’ve got nothing but my aching soul?
Again the lighting by Daniel, the main man at The Green Room 42, has proved to be a lighting God.
Recently married to actor Leo Roberts, I interviewed Ms. Noblezada a lot last year and this girl-turned-woman has done a 360-degree change and we wish her all the best.
Eva Noblezada has played 11 shows at The Green Room 42 and will continue March 5 and 12, at 7 p.m. This is a show every young performer or lover of musical theatre should see. She’ll be making her Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut April 27 and 28.