CABARET SOIREE 2012: Take a musical journey through the streets of the world’s most romantic city as Analisa Bell reminds us why we love Paris every moment of the year.
Dressed in a floral frock, stylish beret, and carrying two baguettes that would turn out to have a very important role later on, Analisa Bell treated us to many wonderful songs, linked together by stories from her two-week sojourn in Paris, in this performance at Perth’s Cabaret Soiree 2012.
Bell immediately engaged the audience with her confidence, charm and wit, not to mention her wonderful musical ability, and allowed us to peer into her Parisian world. Armed with her Lonely Planet guide, she told stories of love, confusion, joy and French waiters that were linked cleverly together with songs and an occasional French accent.
Music director Mia Brine accompanied Bell on piano and accordion and looked stylish in her classic mime costume and makeup.
In the second half the mood changed from springtime to soul, and we were treated by Bell’s excellent vocal range and Brine’s selection of songs including Piaf, Baker, Hugo, a snippet from Phantom of the Opera and a very deep rendition of Lerner and Loewe’s ‘Thank Heaven for Little Girls’ using a Maurice Chevalier look-alike marionette.
Props continued to be used throughout the show and the baguettes made a great comeback as prizes for audience members. Mme Bell’s audience interaction was impressive – after we were dazzled by Can Can dancers Coco and Lulu, volunteers were asked to join in and copy their ronde jambes, jetes and tours, and a triumph it was!
Although the weight of the show rests on Bell’ s shoulders, she did an excellent job of keeping the audience entertertained throughout. In the intimate space downstairs at the Maj, Bell and Brine, who conceived, directed and starred in the show, offered a charming and authentic cabaret experience.
Perth audiences should be quick to see Bell while she is here. Her next stop will be New York to perform in some of the city’s prestigious cabaret lounges, where she is sure to be snapped up. Bravo!
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Two Weeks in Paris
Devised by Analisa Bell
Featuring Analisa Bell & her Can Can Dancers with Piano & Accordion
Musical Director: Mia Brine
Downstairs at the Maj
His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
June 11 – 13