When Linda Eder performs her first concerts of 2018 this coming week at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, she’ll be marking 30 years of national renown.
It was 1988 when Eder first brought her crystalline tone and three octave range to living rooms from coast-to-coast in a winning 12 week run on television’s Star Search competition.
Even then, Eder knew the kind of material she could make the most of, dazzling listeners with a repertoire of standards, lush contemporary ballads and show tunes.
The latter caught the ear of theater composer Frank Wildhorn, for whom Eder became a muse (And between 1998 and 2004, a spouse). She starred in productions of several Wildhorn shows, including the enormously successful Broadway run of Jekyll & Hyde from 1997 to 2001.
At the time, she was the toast of Broadway, signing autographs for mobs of fans at the stage door each night and appearing on national TV talk shows.
Ultimately, though, Eder decided that the strain that a musical theater schedule placed on both vocal chords and family life was not for her (Son Jake is now almost 20).
In choosing to forego musicals and limit her stage work to occasional concert bookings, Eder inadvertently created something of a cult. Like Josh Groban’s “Grobanites”, her devoted fans are willing to travel considerable distances for the chance to hear Eder in person.
If you actually saw her in Jekyll, you’ve got bragging rights among the Ed-Heads.
Critics agree that hearing Eder live is a remarkable experience:
“It’s easy to get lost in her sumptuous sound and the depth of her interpretations,” wrote Howard Reich in The Chicago Tribune.
And Stephen Holden of The New York Times described Eder’s voice as being “driven by a seemingly inexhaustible stamina and topped with high notes that grow larger and fuller as she moves up the scale.
“With her impeccable intonation,” he continued, “She is an Olympic archer who always hits bull’s-eye dead center.”
Linda Eder has only 17 concerts booked for all of 2018, making her three shows at Feinstein’s a rare opportunity. Don’t miss it!