Late Nights In the Banquet Room at this year Adelaide Cabaret Festival have been about removing the tables and chairs, putting those cabaret stories and narratives aside, and bringing out the dance floor: Shohsana Bean is no exception. Rather than sing the Broadway tunes the star of Wicked and Hairspray is probably best known for, Bean sings a funky collection of primarily 60s rock.
With Lyndon Gray on bass, Sam Leske on guitar, Andrew Davis on drums, and musical director James Sampliner on the keys, Bean shows off her killer voice and gives all band members an opportunity to shine. While it is clearly Bean’s show, she is backed by a brilliant and talented band that knows how to party, and get to show off how well they play.
Most of the audience was made up of Bean’s young Adelaide fans – and after their success with the “Bring Shoshana Bean To Adelaide” facebook group, this was a night and an idol they weren’t going to forget. But for those of us who didn’t come into the show as one of her huge fans, the fun in the performance comes from just listening to and dancing along with the music.
Slowing down the show with a couple of numbers off each of her debut and upcoming albums gave a variety to the show which allowed Bean to give us the most of her range. The atmosphere in the room mitigated some minor sound-balance issues, particularly with a too-loud guitar.
Those who go to the show expecting to get the cabaret treatment, with Bean sharing stories and a little bit of her life, will be disappointed. But go in just wanting to dance away the last weekend of the Cabaret Festival, and then you will have a great time.
2010 Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Late Night in the Banquet Room
Venue: Banquet Room
Dates: 25th June - 26th June, 2010
Tickets: Adult $29.95, Conc $25.95
Please note: This is a standing venue (tickets do not ensure seating)