Presented by Under the Microscope
Reviewed 12 March 2018
With a comfortable looking set on stage including, of course, a grand piano, these ladies brought us many songs from The Great American Song Book as it is known, focusing on the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern from that prolific spot in history when Jazz, Blues and show tunes were born.
Louise Page OAM sang accompanied by pianist and composer Sally Greenaway. Each of the songs had been specially arranged by Greenaway and in some cases had extra pieces included. Greenaway also played some of her own compositions in the style as tribute.
Page is well known as an opera singer based in Canberra and is the owner of several awards for her vocal talents; her style lends itself well to this era. Both ladies gave us a commentary, which placed the songs in historical perspective.
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, Summertime, The Man I Love, all allowed Page to demonstrate the strength and purity of her voice. The show tunes, Anything Goes, I Got Rhythm and Mac The Knife gave Greenaway a chance to have fun on the piano. Together they make an interesting pair, very talented.
In all it made a pleasant hour of nostalgia with a twist and was greatly enjoyed by the audience. I did find myself wishing for a warmer day, as the breeze from the open door was persistent and chilly.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Rating out of 5: 3.5
Venue: Queen’s Theatre at The Lab
Season: 12-16 March
Duration: 1 hr