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Reviews: Live Shows

Thu 30 Sep, 2010
By Robert Ingham

This is one evening any show lover cannot afford to miss!

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For anyone hiding (or not) their inner showgirl and needs an excuse to let it out for a couple of hours, you couldn’t go wrong with a trip to the Garrick Theatre, where the glorious Caroline O’Connor is performing her one woman show “The Showgirl Within”. This is one evening any show lover cannot afford to miss!

We were met with a 35 minute delay due to sound issues, but the faithful crowd waited out the delays as Ms O’Connor’s CD was played and the Theatre Manager fretted around the sound man. However once the problems had been resolved, the 7-piece band came back on to applause and Caroline appeared at the back of the stage, striking a pose and sang “I Move On” – the irony was not lost at all.

Yet as we sat there during that number it was hard to be moved after the delay – until the song finished and Caroline apologised in such a classy and humorous way we were all putty in her hands.

And that’s how it stayed until the end. Caroline sang Sondheim, Porter, Piaf and show tunes from Chorus Line, West Side Story and Mabel, telling witty anecdotes from her long career along the way. She even had 4 stunning dancers, expertly choreographed by Andrew Wright, who mesmerise as they spin, high kick and Fosse around the stage. Even the band is riveting, especially the MD, Daniel Edmonds, whose light fingers and a body full of rhythm makes you yearn to get up on stage and join him at the piano.

But the true star of the evening is Caroline. For those who are not sure who she is but have seen Moulin Rouge, she’s the one that spill the beans about Satine and Christian’s affair to the Duke. But look back on her CV and she has appeared in a vast number of shows – A Chorus Line, Mabel, and Chicago – and on screen in “D’Lovely” (as Ethel Merman, who she does an excellent impersonation of). On the stage she fizzes and sizzles, her effervescent personality spreading from the stage to the back of the Dress Circle.

She is performing for only 3 more nights and I urge anyone who wants to be swept through the musicals in one evening to book your tickets now. You will not be disappointed, especially when the showgirl does an incredibly funny montage of movies from days of yore and a brilliant impression of Liza “I haven’t taken any pills” Minnelli.

This show will firmly plant Caroline as a true leading lady. An absolute must-see!

Caroline O’Connor – The Showgirl Within is at the Garrick Theatre, London, until Sunday 3rd October.


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