Johanna Allen – Mixtape and Other Stories

Johanna Allen

Adelaideans love it when locals do them proud (think Xavier Samuel, the Hilltop Hoods, etc) and if Johanna Allen’s sold-out performances at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is anything to go by, it seems one of our favourite musical theatre stars has been welcomed home with open arms.

In the intimate setting of the Artspace, Allen is joined by musical director/pianist Nigel Ubrihien, as well as violinist Belinda Gehlert, cellist, Hilary Kleinig, bassist, Timothy Bowen and drummer, Damien Eldridge providing an immediate recognition that music is the centrepiece of this show.  It’s thrilling to have such a rich musical sound supporting an intimate cabaret show.

[pull_left]Allen’s versatility is particularly evident, easily switching from comedic and cheeky to controlled, classical[/pull_left]

The production is as promise – a mixture of music, all favourites of Allen’s, from Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ to Cindi Lauper’s ‘True Colours’ and everything in between. Allen’s versatility is particularly evident, easily switching from comedic and cheeky to controlled, classical.  The rendition of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ is particularly beautiful, demonstrating Allen’s strong classical training.

Equally enjoyable and intriguing are the various re-arrangements of standards (a collaboration between Allen and Ubrihien) which keep your attention well into this 80 minute show. A particular highlight is Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed a Girl’ in Spanish… “cherry chapstick” has never been so sexy!

Overall, it’s a joy to have our Adelaide girl back in town (if only for a brief few days) to re-affirm the reasons we are so proud. Allen is a classy entertainer in her own right who can easily compete with the broadway superstars visiting the Festival, capturing a love for her mixtape of music tastes.

Johanna Allen - Mixtape and Other Stories (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)
Review Date:Thursday 21 June 2012
Presented By:Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Venue:Artspace, Adelaide
Closing Date:23/06/2012

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Hayley was an arts worker in South Australia for twelve years working freelance for small to medium clients as well as for companies such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre Company SA, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. As part of her freelance work, Hayley founded the ATG Curtain Call Awards (which is now an annual gala event), co-produced three 24 Hour Show charity fundraiser events, has judged for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and reviewed for Aussie Theatre and the Adelaide Theatre Guide.Hayley now runs a boutique events and arts management business, Footlight Events and in her spare time, is involved with Adelaide’s amateur theatre community as a producer, performer and director.

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