Presented by Pompadour Productions
Reviewed 12 February 2016
With introductory videos filmed a la Film Noir, the narrative of the unseen Sam Spade type detective sets the scenes for the songs and burlesque which take us back to the era of jazz and tragic beauty. A four-piece band, The Shantones, with the keyboard player doing some fine vocals was the additional soundtrack. The Bluesy sound brought thoughts of smoky dives with stories of loss and heartache.
The lead singer, Michael Wheagley, gave one of the best renditions of Moon over Bourbon Street that I have heard for a long while. Most of the other numbers were originals and available to purchase on CD. The songs may be new but they sound authentic for the era and provided a great backdrop for the lovely girls. All dancers were skilled and they demonstrated many talents common to that time: a great striptease, some aerial work on a pole (single point trapeze), even a fan dance. There was some nudity but all tastefully done and very entertaining.
It’s a great late night venue, ideal to wind down after a heavy day of Fringing!
* I would have named the other performers but I had a memory lapse and none of the Fringe info has them named!
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Rating (out of 5): 4
Venue: Nexus, Lion Arts Centre
Season: 12-17 Feb at 10pm
Tickets: $13 – $23
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)