Leave a Light On: Fra Fee
Updated: Jan 2
The Leave a Light On livestreams continued last week, with a lineup that included Fra Fee. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony-Award winning play The Ferryman as Michael Carney, and has been in numerous shows in the UK as well as being in the big-screen adaption of Les Miserables.
He opened the concert with "Streets of Dublin" from A Man of No Importance, a song he also sang in his 54 Below debut last year. Prior to the live streamed concert, he took many requests for songs and followed with a mix of a song from the Ulster Youth Choir and "Teardrop" by Massive Attack.
In an effort to lift spirits with the current health crisis, Fee took part in The Barricade Boys to sing "Bring Him Home," honoring all the health care workers on the front lines. With the same intention, he sang "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," to further honor those working in the NHS and abroad in hospitals. As a way to brighten up spirits, he sang "Moving Too Fast" from The Last Five Years, having been in the show at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast a few years ago. He followed up with one of his dream roles, George from Sunday in the Park with George, and sang "Finishing the Hat."
While in The Ferryman on Broadway, the cast would sing "Waving Through a Window" out of the windows to the Music Box Theatre across the street, where Dear Evan Hansen plays. His castmates from the play asked that he sing the song, though he gave a beautiful rendition of "For Forever," followed by reading the poem "Keeping Quiet" by Pablo Neruda, sent to him by Ferryman cast member Conor MacNeill. It was a beautiful sentiment about staying still, and stopping.
This sentiment of being still and not giving up continued with the last three songs of the live stream. He sang "Grateful" from It's Only Life, and "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel, reminding everyone to be kind to each other and to not give up on one another no matter what happens in the world. He concluded his show with "The Parting Glass," a beautiful and traditional Irish song that sends good wishes to all.