Cabaret Fringe Festival Review: What a Swell Party


Presented by Vintage Vendetta
Reviewed 22 June 2018

If you’ve had the pleasure to see the Bailey Dolls, you have probably seen these guys. Often known as The Bailey Beaus in their alter egos of Frank Hartley and Chip Dalton, and this time accompanied by Alby Green, decided to dedicate an entire show to Cole Porter and the music of his era, in the style it was originally made popular. Frank and Chip raised their glasses with the audience to toast Cole Porter

Buddy Dawson, alias Frank, opened up with a Harlan and Koehler song Get Happy and set the mood. The smooth Seb Cooper (Chip) then gave us I Get a Kick Out of You and the audience were ready for these two to croon and serenade. They covered some great classics joining forces on Who Wants to be a Millionaire a la the film High Society. Dawson brought the mood softer with a lovely rendition of Talk to Me while Cooper crooned his way through I’ve Got You Under My Skin to audience members.

All this time Damien Quick (Alby) has been sitting side stage controlling the music and pouring the drinks (of which there were many) and suddenly he ends up centre stage singing L.O.V.E., delivered with style. After a few more standards, Ain’t Love a Kick in the Head and Fly Me to the Moon, they got to the inevitable What a Swell Party followed by one of Cole’s best, Every Time You Say Goodbye.

The show was well put together with some interesting schtick in the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin style. A couple more performances would give them the chance to get super smooth!

Buddy Dawson and Seb Cooper make a dynamic pair and with Damien Quick, a great trio. Messrs Dawson and Cooper schmoozed the audience well with a swinging 40s feel. The whole cast rounded out the evening with Got the World on a String – yes! we all got happy!

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Rating: 5/5

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