Entertainment Hive 2017

Rhonda Burchmore in Vinyl Viagra

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, June 6-8

Review Honey B

Beyonce has Sasha Fierce and Rhonda Burchmore has Ruda Brickmore. Many female stars have a fierce alter-ego that comes out when they perform on-stage which allows them to break free and get a little bit naughty without fear. For Rhonda's latest cabaret show, the nice girl is gone and the bad girl is out - complete with sexy sequinned outfits, rude jokes and two hot barely clothed male dancers. Bring it on! Ruda was born thanks to the London press when Rhonda was starring in Stop the World I Want to Get Off and the media described her as "leggy glamazon Ruda Brickmore''. The divalicious Miss B did not only perform the songs of the latest crop of scantily clad pop stars but she also delves into the tunes of sassy divas including Sophie Tucker, Marlene Dietrich, Shirley Bassey, Cher and Madonna. The wicked Ruda let her inner-tigeress out with Katy Perry's Roar and the audience was up for the ride. Raunchy highlights included a swinging version of Christina Aguleira's Dirty, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Sophie Tucker's Last of the Red Hot Mamas and her delicious balloon spectacular to Big Spender. There were plenty of moving moments as well and Tina Turner's Private Dancer was pitch perfect and the mash-up of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball and Sinead O'Connors' Nothing Compares 2 U was pure brilliance. But when it came to hitting home it was Ruda's passionate performance of Cher's Turn Back Time  that had this reviewer shedding a tear. This show was a fantastic wrecking ball ride through time as women pushed, and continue to push, the performance envelope.
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