2013 marks satirist and performer Phil Scott’s 30th year in the cabaret arena, making him a true Cabaret Survivor.
Dragging himself out of the stage side ‘sea’ onto the safety of centre stage, Scott proceeds to befriend the audience and certainly befriends them well. He is amiable, funny and thoroughly entertaining.
This reviewer was expecting Scott’s usual satirical ditties, but got so much more – anecdotes galore, superb piano playing, great singing and the company and warmth of a wonderful, genuine Aussie entertainer. The ditties are there: “No Requests (I don’t do no requests)” sung to Edith Piaf’s “No Regrets”; a Peter Allen send-up; and a very funny romantic send-up, “I Should Never Have Let Her Go” – but so are stories and songs relating to the highs and lows of Scott’s cabaret history: working with the late “Golden Girl” Bea Arthur; being called a racist by singing British comedian Charlie Drake’s “My Boomerang Won’t Come Back” (a perfect imitation of the late comedian); and more.
Cabaret Survivor allows us to really appreciate the man sitting behind the piano and how, in the entertainment business, “Everything Old Is New Again”. Let this survivor rescue you from the doldrums and beach you on the shore of a very entertaining evening.
Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: 19 – 20 June 2013
Duration: 1hr 10mins