Liza Pulman is renowned for being a third of the deliciously devilish trio who perform as Fascinating Aida. The resplendent Diva is leaving her cheap flight and Christmas gripes behind her, for now anyway! She’s touring the UK with The Songs of Hollywood and I had the pleasure of chatting with Liza about the show, her career and which of those naughty Fascinating Aida numbers really is her favourite?
Hi Liza, thank you for talking to Break A Leg Review, can you tell me what the audience can expect from your show, The Songs of Hollywood?
It does what it says on the tin, it features songs from Hollywood movies, all the songs we’ve grown up with, for example As Time Goes By. I’m singing with a band, who are brilliant. I’m used to performing with a piano and I love performing with a piano, but this show needs more sparkle and the band provides that.
Is there a personal favourite in your repertoire and what’s the reason for your choice?
Evergreen, it’s a simple song, one I’ve always known and never sung before. I sat down at the piano to try the song and it gets me at my centre.
I noticed on Twitter that you have an album coming out?
Yes, called The Songs of Hollywood, it’s been a voyage of discovery and I’m quietly proud of it. There are 16 songs on there.
How does your solo venture feel without your two cohorts from Fascinating Aida?
It’s different, there were three of us to pass the baton around and we’d each get some respite, I was shared responsibility. There is a sense of responsibility with a solo show, which you have to be careful not to make a negative thing. However, I’m lucky to spend my life doing what I love to do and I love talking to the audience.
What are your favourite numbers from Fascinating Aida?
Cheap Flights because it brought the show to a whole new audience and I do like our rather rude Christmas song, have you heard it?
I have and I love that one, too! So, what led you to a career as a performer?
I was surrounded by performing, Mum was an actress, dad was a writer and my sister and I used to sing at the piano as children. I trained as an opera singer to try and find my own way in my family, I love opera singing and I’m good at it but it’s not where my heart is. The training has been incredible and served me well, I like to use my voice to perform in many ways, though.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I’d like to do more solo work, I like collating material for shows and singing songs that I want to sing, it’s a luxury. Fascinating Aida plans to tour again in 2017, we will look at putting the show together at the end of 2016.
Finally, what would you say to potential audience members to encourage them to buy a ticket?
In this slightly odd time we’re inhabiting, this is a shamelessly joyous evening, there’s music from the band, moving songs that reach out and a couple of stonking frocks from me!
I’d like to thank Liza for her time, it was a pleasure to interview her and I can’t wait to review the show. Visit http://www.lizapulman.com/ and you can book tickets for one of Liza’s many tour venues.