This weekend is your last chance to see Trevor Ashley’s superb comic tribute to Liza Minnelli at the Udderbelly Festival. The Spiegeltent off the South Bank is the perfect setting for Liza’s return from rehab, belting out all the great Broadway songs she never got to sing with a live 7 piece band and some indescribably funny dance moves. Don’t let the miserable weather put you off because I can guarantee if you walk through the tent flaps in a bad mood, you’ll leave chuckling.
What’s unique about this full throttle diva’s performance is the quality of the characterisation, the subtlety of the comedy (yes there is subtlety!) and the powerful vocals that Liza would seriously envy. Dressed in a sparkling black two-piece jumpsuit, Liza shares her suggestions for improving the Sound of Music ‘ Cut the kids’ and graciously accepts Julie Andrews casting, ‘She got the part, and I got to keep my voice after we had the same vocal operation!’
Glugging back her martini and rubbing coke in her gums, Liza’s dancing ratches up a notch as she talks about getting the call for Sunset Boulevarde ‘I couldn’t identlfy.’ Then we get a genuinely beautiful rendition of her Norma Desmond. I won’t spoil all the gags here but Trevor Ashley’s musical theatre credits in Australia include creating the role of Miss Understanding in the world premiere of Priscilla Queen of The Desert – The Musical and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray so his singing is no joke.
Forget all your worries, sit back and enjoy Liza singing Broadway hits including I Have Confidence, Memory, Send in the Clowns, Le Jazz Hot plus her own classics Maybe This Time, Cabaret and New York, New York.
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