"little Belter" At Madame Jojo's
Posted 06 April 2011 - 02:36 PM
Posted 06 April 2011 - 02:46 PM
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:14 PM
It seems to be a Musical type show (at least it's got lots of music in it) and got some of the people behind the Hurly Burly Show involved. Don't know much more about it, it just caught my attention in the TimeOut listings and I've never been to Madame Jojo's, hence my question
Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:47 PM
The central theme of the show is a singer who I’ve never heard of before and her life-story. On one tiny stage they manage to fit a set, dancers and a pianist. The songs range from good versions of Live and Let Die, Could It Be Magic, Get The Party Started and Don’t Rain On My Parade. Elouise even does a pretty intimate re-interpretation of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.
The music of the show is incredibly large as are the costumes. Interwoven in the music are her stories of burning down pie shops, dating bad boyfriends and being on cruise ships. Elouise struggles through The Winner Takes It All and screeches, rather than belts, some of the harder notes but repairs the damage when she does a striking interpretation of As Long As He Needs Me and a swing version of Don’t Rain On My Parade.
Though Elouise is an unbelievably good singer I found myself occasionally bored in-between the songs. Maybe it was too much about her. I saw a similar type show a few years ago by Caroline O’Conner who held the audience in the palms of her hands throughout its entirety by striking the right balance between the standards and the stories. Perhaps Elouise could take a leaf from O’Conners book and cut out some of the boring “me” talk and swap it with something more interesting like additional singing, a groove in which Elouise is most comfortable, or stories about the singers who she’s covering.
Highlights were Could It Be Magic, Live And Let Die, Born This Way, Don’t Rain On My Parade and The Three Degrees disco anthem Giving Up Giving In. Other than a few quibbles, I can see why its on a well deserved UK tour. Little Belter holds a lot of promise and I really enjoyed myself.
Running Order (from my notes)
I’d Like To Hate To Hate Myself In The Morning
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Could It Be Magic
Live And Let Die
Pretend Your Mine
Born This Way
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
Get The Party Started
The Winner Takes It All
Giving Up Giving In
You Don’t Own Me
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
As Long As He Needs Me
Don’t Rain On My Parade (encore)
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