Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Artspace, Monday, June 8
Review by Honey B
Richard Mercer's passionate radio show, Love Songs and Dedications, was a wicked late night listening treat for many.Now musical theatre star John O'Hara (Cats, Wicked) has debuted his homage to the show at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.O'Hara channels multiple lovelorn characters sharing their stories of loss, lust, heartbreak and love. They all phone in to the unseen "Love God'' for a chat and advice.In this seamless one-man show with multiple personalities, O'Hara finds hidden lyrical gems in our favourite 80s tunes from Aerosmith to Bryan Adams.There is bogan dad, Travis, who is trying to win back the love of his life with a dedication of Michael Bolton's How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - which is sung in a classic and highly hilarious Aussie accent.His spawned teenager features a mash-up of three much more recent songs from The Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry and it's a stunning highlight as O'Hara shows off some of nightclub dance moves.A married woman's hotel room rendezvous hits all of the right notes as O'Hara brought the Kiss song I Was Made For Loving You Baby to a satisfying operatic climax.But proving all you need is love - at any age - was his gorgeous elderly character, Frank. His swinging old man dance to The Power of Love was simply uplifting.Give love a chance and see John O'Hara in Dedications.