Transporting the audience from mid-afternoon Adelaide to the late night streets of New York is no easy feat but one that Sidonie Henbest and Matthew Carey achieved with ease. The magic of the Spiegel tent acted as a superb venue, however if you missed it yesterday the next performance will be at the Promethean.
An extremely heartfelt performance by Henbest and Carey, anchored by bassist Alana Doors, who brings a new vibrancy to the double bass. The magnificent trio draws the audience into the cabaret world of singers like Julie Wilson and Mabel Mercer.
Like the cabaret performers of last century New York Nights segues between songs with anecdotes and information about the scene in New York. The pace of the show swings between soulful renditions of Cole Port classics like “Do I love You?” to a faster paced situational adaptation of “Come Rain or Shine”.
By the end of the performance not only does the audience feel like they have had an intimate night in some dark hole in a wall in New York but they also have a greater understanding of the origins of many of the songs taken up by the likes of Sinatra and Streisand.
Kryztoff Rating: 4K
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