Entertainment Hive 2020

Opera Burlesque starring Ali McGregor, Antoinette Halloran and Dimity Shepherd

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Sunday, June 14

Review by Honey B

Ali McGregor and her sassy and beautiful Opera Australia gal pals Antoinette Halloran and Dimity Shepherd have busted open the opera mould. The delightful trio have some wickedly good fun turning the classic art form on its head as they begin the night with an slow burn operatic version of Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer. From the outset there was no doubting that this show was one out of the box. This opera/burlesque/rock mash-up was the idea of McGregor who had the idea when performing in the East End of London. She had heard the story of opera singers of the 1800s travelling from the upper class Covent Garden's Royal Opera to perform at Wilton's Music Hall for the vaudeville-loving general public. They would take off their outer clothes and in their corsets and drawers take to the stage to sing their arias. McGregor said she would often sneak into the Spiegeltent in Australia and wonder if it could be done here - well she doesn't need to wonder with this successful show having toured Australia and Edinburgh. Backed by an amazing five-piece band the ladies had the audience squealing in delight throughout the evening - none more so than the gorgeous lady sitting behind us who couldn't contain her excitement. Halloran's 50 Shades of Rigoletto, where she read from the "literary classic'' 50 Shades of Grey to the tune of Rigoletto was seductive and hilarious. McGregor's ecstasy-fueled version of Kiss' I Was Made For Lovin' You Baby also had everyone on the edge of their seats as she teased and tantalised with her version of the classic rock number - it would have made even Gene Simmons blush! Shepherd went a different route with a darker version of Grace Jones' I've Seen That Face Before. Upping the burlesque element was Adelaide's own Sapphire Snow who shimmied and tantalised in an alluring feathered fan dance. Lila Luna also performed a wonderful acrobatic routine (Imogen Kelly was billed but couldn't make the show). The luscious corset-wearing divas finished off the show with a rock bang and plenty of bling in the ultimate version of ACDC's T.N.T. These ladies rode out of the sunset and were dynamite.
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