Ladies Of The Night is playing at 17th Avenue’s Westside Theatre, which is a comfortable intimate place, where the audience lounges at tables in true cabaret-style.
Moreover, they can enjoy a glass of chilled wine, or a freshly brewed coffee throughout the performance. With this in mind, I charged my glass and set forth to anticipate Tauranga Musical Theatre’s latest production.
Ladies Of The Night, directed by Jan and Merv Beets, is an all female revue, which covers over forty songs throughout the show. Although the songs predominantly focus on nuances the night, (or rather, night-life), the vocalists deliver an eclectic mix of jazz, rock and country; consequently, this is defmitely a show which offers something for all music lovers.
It is immediately apparent that the professionalism and slick continuity of the performers is the result of tenacious, well-directed rehearsal. The vocal style and range of these performers, who encapsulate a variety of ages, is also outstanding. For example, Leanne Collins’ sultry version of Van Morrison’s Moondance, is delivered with absolute precision and confidence; Leanne certainly knows how to connect with her audience, and this was reiterated by other cast-members throughout the evening.
However, as director Jan Beets insists, no one is the singular star or lead. Jan, herself delivers a breath-taking rendition of Send In The Clowns; a song made famous by jazz-diva Cleo Laine. In addition, the entire company presents several stand-out numbers, rich in harmony and cleverly choreographed, such as Chanson d’amour, (Chapel Of Love), and It’s Raining Men. Ladies Of The Night boasts a collection of splendid vocalists, from pitch-perfect Ange Stevens, who covers a Nora Jones composition, to Frankie Sutherland’s hilarious parody of Are You Lonesome Tonight? Furthernore, carefully crafted lighting, superb costumery and great stage-design, enhanced this fabulous musical evening.
- Nyree Sheriock