‘This is cabaret in its purest form’: LORNA DALLS – Crazy Coqs ★★★★

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Crazy Coqs, London – until 5 November 2019

Lorna Dallas is the essence of old school cabaret distilled. She oozes glamour and combines the look of Blanche Deveraux with a spirit of a proper Illinois broad. She sings standards, torch songs and tells the story of her life on the stage. Before she gave it all up for love.

Opening on a medley of ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and ‘A Glamorous Night’ she sets the scene from the off. It’s clear that this is cabaret as its purest form. Lorna Dallas came to deliver – and she does it in her highest register.

Accompanied by Simon Beck on the piano, for 90 minutes we were taken on a musical journey which accompanied the theme of the stages of Lorna’s life. The stages she has been through and the stages she has played.

Dallas is clearly a highly accomplished and talented singer. The music wasn’t always to my taste, and could have used a little more variety. I also felt she employed a little more vibrato than I thought necessary. It’s an impressive skill, but works best when used sparingly.

But this is nitpicking at what was an enjoyable and interesting evening. One I wouldn’t normally have experienced. These were wonderful songs, sung well. But in many ways, it was the story Lorna told – about her life in and out of showbusiness – that really made the evening swing. Long may she continue.

 

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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.
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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.

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