Ali Bodycoat was in perfect form last evening at the Ellington Jazz Club. Her tribute to Barbra Streisand could not have been lovelier. With her exquisite phrasing and crisp enunciation she was absolutely terrific paying tribute to the divine diva.
Accompanying her was Chris Foster whose piano rippled around her voice in the most subtle and gorgeous way
Outlining Streisand’s career Bodycoat began with her Broadway show Hello Dolly. Bodycoat delivered the theme song in the characteristic Streisand style, slow and dreamy. It was superb. She then moved on to the quintessential Funny Girl and delivered a bouquet of familiar but never the less beautiful songs
By turns crisply staccato and filled with yearning pathos the Oscar winning Evergreen showcased Bodycoat’s soaring voice. Paul William’s lyrics have rarely sounded so poignant. Bodycoat then introduced the story of Yentl, Streisand’s own production and a reference to her Jewish background.
The song You Don’t Bring Me Flowers was written by Neil Diamond, who was coincidently. a former schoolmate of Streisand. The enormously successful Central Park concert was referenced by Bodycoat as she launched into the classic Streisand interpretation of Happy Days are Here Again. The originally bouncy tune transformed into a divine bluesy anthem.
No Streisand tribute could be complete without the sad but beautiful Send In the Clowns.
It was a wonderful show.
2018 Perth Fringe World
From Bodycoat to Barbra
Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club | 191 Beaufort Street, Northbridge WA
Dates: 7 – 10 February 2018