Cool New York Cabaret fails to sizzle as duo Sidonie Henbest and Matthew Carey take to the Spiegeltent stage in the Adelaide Fringe.
The Spiegeltent on an Adelaide afternoon in the Garden of Unearthly Delights is a far cry from 1940s New York nights. Nevertheless many other performers have managed to transports their audience members, imaginatively speaking, to various theatrical and musical corners of the world.
Sadly duo Sidonie Henbest and Matthew Carey lost the map in New York Nights and Intimate Mornings.
The duo got off to a shaky start with poor pitch and failed to get on key for much of the hour-long performance.
Carey is as usual scintillating on the piano, but there he should remain. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and other US cabaret greats could not be successfully emulated.
Sidonie Henbest looks spectacular in a shimmering red satin gown, but there the shimmer remains. Numbers such as Cole Porter’s After You and jazzy blues Cry Me a River are slow in tempo. Phrasing in some songs is such that some of the songs are barely recognisable.
Carey and Henbest’s off-key duets may be put down to opening afternoon nerves, but the show’s song choice and direction is lacklustre – the very antithesis of New York Cabaret.
The exceptions during the show are Henbest’s rendition of Bad Woman – Good Company in which she snaps, sizzles and pop as well as Carey’s piano playing and Alana Dawes on Bass.
2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival
NEW YORK NIGHTS...and intimate mornings
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Garden Of Unearthly Delights | Rundle Park, Adelaide
Date/Time: 13 Feb, 2011 at 3.30pm
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $30 (Conc & Group $25 / FringeBEN $20)
Bookings: FringeTix - 1300 FRINGE (1300 374 643) | www.adelaidefringe.com.au