Caroline O’Connor is widely respected for being one of the great women in Australian musical theatre, and more than that, she has performed to great acclaim on stages in London and New York, amongst others.
Chronologically tracing her career in An Evening With Caroline O’Connor, O’Connor sings songs from stage shows including Kander and Ebb’s Chicago (in which she has played both Roxie and Velma) and Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel, through to Australian Millar and Rutherford’s The Hatpin.
Also appearing in films, O’Connor sung from Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (for which she was asked to audition after Luhrmann saw her in Chicago), and in an Ethel Merman impersonation from De-Lovely.
Looking forward in her career, O’Connor sung “Broadway Baby” from Follies, which she will be singing at Stephen Sondheim’s 80th Birthday celebrations at Royal Albert Hall.
Musical director Daniel Edwards created the musical arrangements for the four piece band, which gave a New Orleans-inspired Jazz feel to many of the classic songs.
A very slick and polished, yet ultimately un-surprising production, An Evening With Caroline O’Connor gives O’Connor the framework to show off her voice and comedic timing. I only wish it had given her the opportunity to really show off a bit of her personality, unrehearsed, and an opportunity to present some songs and interpretations which were unexpected. As it stands: a predictable show, which shows off the performer, but very little of the person.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2010
An Evening With Caroline O'Connor - A Musical Life
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Dates: 25 - 26 June 2010