Liza Sings Streisand – Liza Pulman – Cadogan Hall

Thursday, 26 October, 2017 in OnstageReview
Liza Sings Streisand
 reviewed at the Cadogan Hall, London.
The show continues touring until 15 April 2018.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Liza Pulman, a member of the fabulous satirical singing trio Fascinating Aida, is touring her third solo show, Liza Sings Streisand.

This classy, well put together performance steers clear of being a mere impersonation, and instead combines Pulman’s talent and humour with the slick six-piece band, Stardust Ensemble, to create an evening which celebrates the work of Barbra Streisand.

The first half of the show mainly consists of upbeat and comedic numbers. It transports us to Streisand’s hometown, New York, where we are whisked through hits from Broadway shows Funny Girl and I Can Get It For You Wholesale.

Pulman’s natural wit shines out in these character pieces, and even more so in her natural rapport with the audience as she weaves each number together with anecdotes of Streisand’s life and rise to fame. The arrangements by Liza Pulman and Joseph Atkins (MD and pianist) absorb the essence of fun and flair from Streisand’s songs before they take on new personalities of their own.

The bossa nova version of ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ encapsulates this approach perfectly and is a brilliant opening to the second half. The rest of Act II offers a more sombre, but no less engaging tone. Even though Pulman is so well known for her humour, she handles these challenging songs beautifully, illustrating her range as a performer.

Her honest rendition of Neil Diamond’s ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ is incredibly moving and leads all too quickly into the final song of the show which leaves the audience begging for an encore.

Liza Sings Streisand filled Cadogan Hall with genuine laughter and rapturous applause. It is an evening that both demonstrates the vocal talent of Pulman and the impressive musicianship of the Stardust Ensemble, while giving room for the Streisand material to shine through.

The tour continues until next year, and if you have the opportunity to go, you’d be a fool to miss it.
Lani Calvert

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