[AUSTRALIA ~ WORLD PREMIERE]
Festival Theatre, Sat 9 Jun.
Em Rusciano has been in the media spotlight, at least in Sydney, for the past three weeks following statements she allegedly made about Sydney media and decisions made about FM radio presenters. She told the adoring crowd tonight that this was the show she needed to present to explain her viewpoint about recent events and perform all the songs she has always wanted with a large band. Although somewhat self-fulfilling and self-indulgent, loyal fans appeared to adore the connections she made with her family, her intense crushes she has on artists like John Farnham and that the show went about 40 minutes overtime.
Tonight, Rusciano showcased her powerful, commanding singing voice and her hilarious, honest comedy. She is a leader who wears her heart on her sleeve and her unpredictable personality is equally refreshing, terrifying and hilarious, but always entertaining.
Led by musical director Chong Lim, Rusciano’s 18-piece band sounded brilliant with a nice sound balance and the backing singers complimented Rusciano superbly. The music was varied featuring everything from Destiny’s Child, Madonna, Tina Arena, Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder. The most explosive was Rusciano’s opening song Woman by Kesha, which set the high-energy tone for the rest of the show and the cheers from the crowd led Rusciano to repeat the song again so the late comers also got to enjoy the song.
Her costumes also deserve a mention with the red velvet catsuit in the first act and shiny, large dramatic dress in the second impressing the crowd.
This was a one-night only world premiere of Rusciano’s Difficult Woman, but even with her declaring that she threw away the script and made most of it up on the spot, with some direction and tightening, it could easily tour incredibly well with Rusciano’s following and talent.