Dunstan Playhouse, Fri 9 Jun.
Naomi Price is an incredibly talented and versatile performer who ensured the Adelaide Cabaret Festival opening night audience got their Beatles fix in a beautifully executed way. Price presented the Adele inspired Rumour Has It at the 2016 festival and was a finalist in The Voice Australia in 2015 and is joined on stage by Mik Easterman, Andrew Johnson, Michael Manikus and Jason McGregor as the red wine sculling Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The music and arrangements were faultless and Naomi Price has a powerful commanding voice, but where this production goes wrong is in the writing. Advertised as a show to meet the women who inspired the songs of The Beatles, it instead pays tribute, at least at the end, to a completely different influential person in the career of the 1960’s Liverpool rock band (I won’t say who as it will spoil the surprise). Although Price does her best to mask it, the show does seem thrown together at the last minute and could do with reworking the story.
The lighting, particularly the LED light strips hanging above the stage, was a significant element in the show and sometimes enhanced the mood of the songs. But it was also sometimes distracting, commanding too much attention away from Price and the band.
For Beatles aficionados, the downfalls of Lady Beatle are probably not going to be of concern as many of the famous songs are played and people in tonight’s audience found it difficult not to sing and dance along, especially to hits such as Hey Jude and Yellow Submarine. A festival highlight not just for Beatles fans.
Lady Beatle continues Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times, until Sun 11 Jun.
Book at BASS on 131 246 or bass.net.au Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Dylan Evans