Ladies of night sing and dance  

 

Review

From melancholy ballads to lively dance numbers, there’s something that will appeal to everyone in the latest Rotorua Musical Theatre production.

Ladies of the night is a selection of contemporary songs, compiled by Jan Beets,

enables the cast of 11 female  vocalists, two dancers and two brave back-up singing blokes to showcase their talents.

 

Ms Beets’ song selection ranges from Ronan Keating’s tear jerker If tomorrow never Comes to  saucy numbers; like a cabaret version of Joe Cockers’ You Can Leave Your Hat On  and lively, upbeat tunes such as It’s Raining Men.

There are even a few comedy turns with Alison Morgan and  Graeme Katting steals the show during Ainslie Howie-Hale’s When I’m 64.                                                            

 

What is truly surprising about  this production is the number of women taking to the stage for the first time.         –

There was no faulting new comer Leah Macfarlane’s sultry Help Me Make it Through the Night and Mereana Wilson added real class with her solo numbers –especially Twilight Time.

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But the real eye-opener was first time theatre performer Rebecca Freeman  who delivered both power and perfect pitch in her solos Dancing in the Street and I Will Survive. She’s definitely a talent audiences  will want to hear more of.

The show isn’t just  about the music. It’s also about the outfits and these ladies changed more than the Pak’n’ Save traffic lights – hats off to the wardrobe department. The show at Casa Blanca Theatre runs until Saturday, May 16

Tickets are available  from Ticketmaster.

 Julie Taylor    Rotorua Daily Post