Cabaret Festival Review: Christina Bianco: Me, Myself and Everyone Else
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 8 June 2018
Pint-sized New Yorker and singing powerhouse, Christina Bianco, is in town to present her rib-achingly hilarious Me, Myself and Everyone Else – a show definitely not to be missed at this year’s Cabaret Festival!
Christina Bianco, a talented actor, singer and impressionist whose resume lists YouTube celebrity, Ellen DeGeneres guest and West End and Broadway star, gives her amazingly accurate and utterly hilarious impersonations of famous female singers across the years. She commits wholeheartedly to spot on vocal impressions of the world’s most popular songbirds, from the unique, contralto voice of Cher and the up-beat, pop vibrato sound of Shakira, to the of hauntingly sad tones of jazz goddess Billie Holiday.
Not only does Bianco impersonate these famous female singers, she also explores their own individual style of performing and varying personalities on and off stage (you might even learn a bit about Queen diva, Barbara Streisand’s, gardening and design likes and dislikes). Through this exploration Bianco presents how she imagines these women would individually interpret each other’s famous songs. This can get rather interesting at points (and spectacularly hilarious) especially when you have the very proper Julie Andrews, with her classically rounded vowels and perfect pitch, performing rather naughty lyrics – but this is what cabaret is all about!
The songs throughout the night range from iconic show tunes sung by Liza Minelli, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth to current popular melodies by Arianna Grande, Lady Gaga and Jessie J. Despite being a New Yorker, Bianco knows how to play to her audience and throws in some fun Australian surprises just for her Adelaide fans.
Amongst the many diva personalities battling for the spotlight is Bianco’s own refreshingly down-to-earth and friendly, yet still larger-than-life, character. Like any cabaret star worth their salt, her personality is still one of the highlights of the show (though it definitely is competing with many others) as her energy and enthusiasm, as well as her mind-blowing vocals, fill every corner of the theatre.
Christina Bianco’s Me, Myself and Everyone Else is one of the most enjoyable nights you can have at this year’s Cabaret Festival, so grab a bottle of red and delectable cheese platter and strap yourself in for a night of laughs, sing-alongs and impersonations galore.
Reviewed by Georgina Smerd
Rating out of 5: 5
Venue: The Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, 5000
Season: 8 – 10 June
Duration: 75 mins
Tickets: $40 – $52