The Twink and the Showgirl


The Twink and the ShowgirlPhoto - Kurt Sneddon | blueprintstudios.com.au

Oh What a Night
sang Vincent Hooper at the beginning of The Twink and the Showgirl. And oh what a night it was indeed. A brilliant one! The night encompassed a range of tunes from show to pop, fancy finger work on the piano from Phil Scott, witty one liners, camp gay gags and outstanding, powerful singing from both Hooper and Scott.

Based around the concept of the differences between two generations of gay men (aka Scott and Hooper), the seamless show motored along at a cracking pace, a telling sign of decent rehearsal time and previous performances. The show has come from sell out seasons at Melbourne Misdsumma Festival, Adelaide’s CabaretFestival and Sydney’s Mardi Gras, and it is easy to see why. The show sparkles with passion and talent and yes, there is eye candy.

The gents had a ball with the songs, reworking the lyrics from songs such as ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’, ‘You’re Timeless to Me’, ‘Love to be loved by you’, and ‘Sweet Dreams’. They even managed to get a droll rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ in the mix.

There were a number of medleys throughout the night, and it was here that Hooper and Scott shone. The brilliant piano work and adaptation of the pieces, with the duo often singing contrasting yet complementary tunes, was a testament to their working relationship. So too was their easy banter on stage, their ability to laugh at one another (and at themselves), and heap affectionate praise on each other.

The technical elements of the night were spot on, and I feel that the duo made the right choice to use hand held microphones rather than radio microphones. The clarity and crispness of the sound is unparalleled. Simple, clean lighting states ensured that the action was always on the performers.

With a decade or two of experience in the cabaret scene, Scott is a seasoned professional. Unfortunately, although my seat was close to the stage it was on the side, and I was unable to see Scott perform his magic on the piano. The most I saw was his energetic legs pumping the pedals and the top of his domed head, but his banter and talent made light work of the arrangements.

A musical theatre graduate of WAAPA 06, Hooper is a rising star. His vocal range is highly impressive, managing to hold the depth of sound and tone even when hitting the very high notes. His version of Mika’s ‘Grace Kelly’, part of the “Rentboy” medley, was exceptional as he went up and down the octaves. Hooper was flirtatious and sexy throughout, at one point slithering onto the piano to sing seductively to Scott.

The Twink and the Showgirl is a brilliant show, and a highly enjoyable night out. Sexy, polished, witty, camp, accomplished, skilful – all words to describe the show and its two performers Vincent Hooper and Phil Scott. The only negative of the night? It wasn’t long enough. I’d sit through it again (and again) if I could.


Cabaret Soiree Carnivale
THE TWINK AND THE SHOWGIRL

Venue: DownStairs at the Maj | 825 Hay St, Perth
Dates: 15, 16, & 17 July, 2010
Bookings: BOCS Ticketing on 9484 1133 | www.bocsticketing.com.au

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