Zach Adkins - New York, NY - 8.27.18
Zach Adkins — 54 Below New York, New York 8.27.18
Photos and review by Mati Ficara
Zach Adkins, the current leading man in Anastasia on Broadway, had his debut solo concert Monday night at 54 Below. With some of his Broadway favorites and a couple of pop songs, Zach told his story to a sold out audience, from growing up in a small town in Ohio to getting where he is now; wowing audiences eight times a week at the Broadhurst theater.
Zach opened the show with a parody of the Anastasia song Once Upon A December, mentioning things like his twitter account and Kinky Boots, the first show he booked when he joined their national tour. He sang numbers from several musicals, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He brought out his comical side when he performed “Art Is Dead” by Bo Burnham. Love was mentioned when Zach said that someone wonderful came into his life. He then brought out a cardboard cutout of his Australian labradoodle, Moose, to which he sang “Embraceable You” from Girl Crazy.
The Anastasia fans were happy, to say the least, when Zach brought out Christy Altomare, who plays Anya alongside Zach’s Dmitry. They sang “Touch Me” from Spring Awakening, which was a throwback for both of them. Zach was in a production in college and Christy was in the national tour from 2008-10.
Zach worked with Ben Rauhala, the music director of his show, to use specific songs to tell his story perfectly. The transitions in the medleys were flawless and every number selected fit his voice phenomenally. The evening was filled with good jokes and witty banter, and it flowed so well that it felt like one giant song.
His show was absolutely the most personal and intimate event I’ve ever been to. Coming out of it I feel like I know so much more about Zach, not just as a performer, but as a person. Typically being a fairly sarcastic guy, he showed another side that most people haven’t seen of him — a vulnerable one. He opened up about not just the victories in his journey, but the difficult and the doubtful moments as well. It lead him to telling the audience that a lot of the time people’s negative opinions of you are their own insecurities being deflected, and you have to be able to tell the difference between people who want to help you, and people who want to hurt you. He told everyone: “You are your own best friend.”
It’s absolutely fair to call Zach a Broadway heartthrob, but he is so much more than a pretty face. He has talent beyond measure, and is absolutely one of the most charismatic people I have ever met. He is a versatile singer, amazing actor, and everyone should know about him and his talent.
His solo show may be over, but you can still catch him as Dmitry in Anastasia on Broadway.