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Lili La Scala – Songs To Make You Smile (Lee Martin For Gag Reflex Management)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

“Straight-edge all the way” is how Lili La Scala describes herself, when jokingly accused by her pianist Stewart of sipping gin onstage. Dressed like a retro Barbie princess, she exudes doll-like glamour as she coos to the audience – so ladylike that when she remarks about the cold, an audience member automatically offers his jacket. The overpoweringly sweet rapport between Lili and Stewart is infectious, and she clearly loves the songs she’s performing, which include well-known classics by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, plus some more obscure numbers. Though the show would benefit from more direct engagement with the audience, it’s exquisitely sung, and full of squeaky-clean fun, delivered with a knowingly raised eyebrow, a sly smile, and a suggestive wink.

Assembly George Square, 3 – 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 5.00pm (6.00pm), £7.50 – £10.50, fpp12.
tw rating 4/5