Photo – Walter McBride/WM Photography
A nostalgic video montage and a grand overture primed the packed Festival Theatre audience. Then, to thunderous applause, the petite diva took to the stage. So adoring were Kristin Chenoweth’s fans, that it took some time for them to settle and allow her to begin.
Chenoweth’s opening number was doused with witty South Australian pop-culture references; but she need not even attempt such gimmicks. The audience was already in the palm of her hand.
There was a cameo from Dolly Parton, a trip around the world with Glinda, and an uplifting rendition of “Hard Times Come Again No More”. The all singing, all dancing Chenoweth pulled out all the stops.
Chenoweth is devilishly dirty, irreverent, and utterly hilarious. More than this though, she seems like a genuinely lovely person.
She sang constant praise of her backing singers and the Adelaide Art Orchestra (who were somewhat let down by the thin, tinny amplification), and was wonderful with Milly, the youngster plucked from the audience to sing onstage. She also talked of her community involvement and the importance of a lasting positive impact upon the world.
It was a spectacular performance, earning Kristin Chenoweth two ovations.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Kristin Chenoweth in Concert
Director Richard-Jay Alexander
Venue: Festival Theatre
Dates: 8 – 9 June 2013
Tickets: $109.90 – $44.95
TOURING NATIONALLY IN 2013
8 & 9 JUNE Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival Theatre
12 JUNE Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
14 JUNE Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall
17 JUNE Sydney Opera House