Old world glamour in the Key of Black

Lucy MaunderLast night, had you found yourselves within the walls of Oxford Street’s Slide Bar between the hours of nine and ten, you would have found an audience completely in the thrall of a star named Lucy Maunder.

Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black made it’s Sydney debut last night to a packed house – quite literally standing room only.

With effortless style, and old world glamour, Lucy Maunder gave an absolutely flawless performance and (once again) stole the show.

And what a show! Songs in the Key of Black is everything good cabaret should be.

It is a singular rarity for Sydney audiences to be exposed to a show and a performance like this. Lucy Maunder was absolutely breathtaking. She reeled the audience in with such authority, at one point I tapped my date’s shoulder and just said: “Look”. Around us, the entire audience was stock still, just watching Lucy. You could have heard a pin drop – magical!

The show, written by Nick Christo, and rounded out by the flawless piano stylings of Daniel Edmonds, will be touring in coming months at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival and Brisbane’s HUM Cabaret Series, with dates in Perth and Melbourne to follow. A return Sydney performance has been scheduled at the Riverside Theatre in November.

If you missed out on yesterday’s performance, best book tickets now. This is a show that sells out and so it should. It comes from an atmosphere more commonly found on the isle of Manhattan than in Darlinghurst, and frankly it’s not a bad idea. Anthony Warlow is going to New York. With the audience response this show and its star elicit, they might soon follow.

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