Cougar Morrison is an androgynous songbird from New Orleans. He’s perpetually single with a couple of disastrous romances behind him and not much left in the way of hope for love. This cabaret raises the middle finger to all who have ever slighted him, including teachers who told him he wouldn’t make it with that “wobble” in his voice. Instead of trying to correct the supposed fault, he turned to the goddess of the wobble, Edith Piaf, and she becomes his beacon of inspiration.
The man behind the spunky alter-ego is Clint Strindberg, who hails from WA and studied music theatre at WAAPA. He cultivated his act in Europe and New York City and returns to Perth to introduce the Cougar to his friends and home audiences.
The beautiful musical arrangements are a mix of new and classic pieces, all sung with Morrison’s trademark wall to wall vibrato. The one that moved me to tears was a mash-up arrangement of The chord progression from The Veronicas’ hit song “Say Something” and the augmented melody of “Somewhere over The Rainbow”.
In the more up-beat moments, two lusty back up dancers, (Callan Kneale and Shaun Diaz) dressed in leotards and sky high heels (higher than most girls would dare to wear), rocked out with some sassy moves.
Mention has to be made of his literally breath-taking costumes! Morrisson wore a super tight corset around his tiny waist and completed the look with jewels, tulle, feathers and a spectacular hat.
At only just over 30 minutes, it’s one of the shorter cabaret acts of the festival, but that actually works in his favour because it leaves us wanting more.
Strindberg Stages present
Venue: Devilles Pad | 1/3 Aberdeen Street, Perth, WA
Dates: January 24 – February 7, 2015