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Kiss Of The Red Menace – A Tribute To Kander And Ebb (Kerry Jo Hodgkin And Ladyblue Music – PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

It’s unfortunate that the works of Kander and Ebb (‘Cabaret’, ‘Chicago’) are laced with connotations of delusional performers delivering counterfeit versions of ‘All That Jazz’. It means Minnelli fans feel protective, and there exists an expectation that if you’re going to do it, you’d better do the original justice – through skill, or at least originality of staging. Unfortunately, this act had neither. Although pleasant in the lower part of her range, when attempting trademark Minnelli belters, Hodgkin strangled the notes somewhat; leaving the audience to dread each song’s climax. The K&E biography was interesting and a novel way to string together the music; however the looped interludes of springy jazz grew tedious. A laboured performance which felt a little self-indulgent.

Mood Nightclub, until 24 Aug (not 12, 19), 7.20pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Kate Pasola]