Lili La Scala (Felicity Wills) is as delightful, delicious and de-lovely as the songs that she sings.
This diva maybe diminutive but she has a big presence. Her coquettish charm is a perfect match for songs from the likes of Cole Porter and George Formby. Her passion and talent are also more than equal to portraying the depth of feeling of Ivor Novello’s Dark Music.
The style of her show is also ideally suited to the vintage appeal of the Adelaide Fringe’s Spiegeltent.
Returning from a previous Fringe season, this time Lili takes to the stage sporting a classic red do and wearing a vintage style pink dress smattered with white hearts. She is a vintage doll with instant appeal.
She performs numbers made famous by Fred and Ginger (that’s Astaire and Rogers to those too young to know) and GracieFields to the classically uninitiated).
Some are well known – Cheek to Cheek and De-Lovely. Others are not – (What Can You Give a Nudist on His birthday? All are a treat.
Local pianist Daniel Brunner is, as usual brilliant on the piano, and has his moments in the sun. However, Lili is mesmerising as she performs. Anecdotes are interspersed amongst the songs, giving them fresh meaning and portraying her bubbly enthusiasm for her song choices. Porter’s wit is in good hands and then Lili “jumps across the pond” to the UK to perform comic classics such as Formby's Fanlight Fanny and Flanders and Swann's Warthog.
Lili's singing voice is exquisite, her diction crystal clear and her joy contagious. These are indeed songs that entice a smile, however; it is the performer herself who seems to spread the most warmth and sunshine and elicit the biggest smile.
2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival
Songs To Make You Smile
Lili La Scala
Venue: The Spiegeltent, The Garden of Unearthly Delights | Rundle Park, Adelaide
Dates: 11 Feb - 13 Mar (Fri - Sun only, excl. 18 Feb)
Time: 5.00pm (60 mins)
Tickets: Full $24.00, Conc $20.00
Bookings: FringeTix - 1300 FRINGE (1300 374 643) | www.adelaidefringe.com.au