The Callaway sisters – Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway are no strangers to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival – both have performed here before. Individually.
This year, they have been able to attend together and presented Sibling Revelry – a wonderful collection of material that highlights their starry talents and pays tribute to the Great American Songbook as well as some of Broadway's finest tunes.
Lovely harmonies and lush orchestrations made this an evening to savour, with a three-piece band, under the leadership of musical director Alex Rybeck adding great support.
After growing up in Chicago, the sisters headed off to New York together in 1979, with dreams of making it big – Liz as a Broadway performer, Ann as a singer/songwriter. Both had their dreams fulfilled.
While vocally and visually quite different, they blended with ease when together, gleefully playing up any sibling 'rivalry' that people would expect. Ann, influenced by Jazz, proved that she could perform like a one-person band when required. Liz, with her beautiful vocals, performed her solos to magnetic effect – Stephen Schwartz' Meadowlark a highlight of the set.
Performing a medley of duets, these sisters crossed effortlessly from Broadway standards such as Bosom Buddies and Nowadays to the world of pop with No More Tears (Enough is Enough). There was even time for one of their biggest hits – the theme from the hit television series The Nanny – which Ann wrote, and they both recorded.
There seemed little that they could not do, either individually or together.
Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway – one classy duo.
Adelaide Festival Centre presents
Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse | Adelaide Festival Centre
Dates: 20 – 21 Jun 2014
Tickets: $54.90 – $49.90