There are some singers who make you wonder why they’re not an international sensation. Lucy Russell is one of them. With an angelic voice and a gorgeous grin, her exploration of Catholic nuns leads to an eye-opening epiphany in her Cabaret Fringe show, Sister Mary Lucy.
The show first premiered at the 2012 Adelaide Fringe and returns for this short reprise season of three shows only.
Russell opens by channelling Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music; the childhood memory that began her unorthodox journey. Through Catholic school and Broadway shows, she pieces together the fantasy of wearing a wimple. Along the way she sings tributes to Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Nunsense and more. Even television’s The Flying Nun gets a guernsey, as does Ethel Merman, Kirstin Chenoweth and Barbra Streisand.
Not all the jokes land smoothly in this short cabaret show but the comedy is as present as the memorable melodies. The talented Peter Johns accompanies on piano and provides a bit of additional banter. It’s Russell’s show however and she fills the spotlight divinely.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: La Boheme, 36 Grote Street, Adelaide
Season: 2, 3 & 16 June at 6pm
Duration: 50 minutes
Tickets: $15.00 – $20.00
Bookings: BASS ph or online