Chills, Tears, & Praise Hands: 12 Ariana DeBose Performances You Have to See
August 25th, 2017
by Josh Ferri
To celebrate her run and send her on her way, check out these dozen videos of Ari just crushing it with her huge talent.
“Down in New Orleans”, The Princess and the Frog
Just MF exuberant!
“Home”, The Wiz
Legit moved. Beautiful performance. Sell those lyrics. Make those moments.
“Maybe This Time”, Cabaret
I’m shook. I NEVER turn down a “Maybe This Time” but I’ve seriously never heard it like this—that ending. Get it, Ari! I’d love to see her full Sally Bowles somewhere.
Sara Bareilles’ “Manhattan” with “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George
This arrangement is gorgeous and she is playing the hell out of it. The Sondheim performance is killing me. This whole video is like “Yes, I sing but watch me A-C-T!”
“Pearl’s a Singer”, Smokey Joe’s Café
She is serving country glamour. Her voice sounds so sexy and rich here. Feels like a whole different side of her voice.
“Blues in the Night”, Swing!
Lady sings the blues! She should do a night of jazz and blues—DAMN!
“Poor Unfortunate Souls/Ladies Who Lunch”, The Little Company/Company
This is comic gold—that “body language”.
Madonna’s “Ray of Light”
The only full-out pop song on the list, but so necessary. I’d buy it as a single. She makes a park and bark look like a party—come on!
"Whatever Lola Wants"/"A Little Brains, A Little Talent", Damn Yankees!
I'd sell my soul for a good Damn Yankees! revival and nothing would make it feel current like a sexy, fierce person of color as Lola. We've seen blonde Lola. This was killer.
“The Music and the Mirror”, A Chorus Line
Nothing like a high school bootleg but who cares ‘cause she is SLAYING…at 17. Bless.
Role’s I’ll Never Play Medley: Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, The Little Mermaid, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, & Miss Saigon
Between her “I’ll Give My Life for You” and “Waving Through A Window”, I am on the floor with just a waving praise hand to prove I’m still here.
“As If We Never Said Goodbye”, Sunset Boulevard
Get to a A Bronx Tale beore Ariana DeBose says goodbye on August 30.