Artspace, Fri Jun 6
With her sharp cheekbones; big, white teeth and shining eyes, Lizzie Moore could pass for a Minogue sister on looks alone. So she’s created Erin, a send-up sibling of Kylie and Dannii who’s similarly super-smiley but not famous: instead she teaches local kids how to be.
While searching for fame, Erin rifles through the famous pair’s diverse wardrobe of musical numbers – set to piano and featuring lots of Kylie but “not very many” Dannii – and she wears them better than either. Moore is far more vocally talented than the real Minogues (there’s even a dig at Kylie’s previous lip-synching at live events) yet here she is, playing to a tiny Artspace Gallery in an early evening slot. The timing actually suits a show which is always going to be clean innocent fun: after all, a Minogue may push herself but rarely any boundaries. Yet it’s comforting to be enfolded in a warm winter blanket of pure pop and the time melts away.
For all Moore’s talent, her accompanist Anthony Costanzo outshines her as D’Arren – “Like L’Oreal” he adlibs – with an even better voice and mischievously energetic presence. Their duets, then, are an unsurprising highlight, particularly Especially For You and the Jason Donovan-inspired Sealed With A Kiss. The repurposing of the songs for the piano also lends poignancy, especially with Suicide Blonde – a tribute to Kylie’s Michael Hutchence phase.
As Erin moves us through the decades – the hits, the fashion – she ruminates on the price of fame. Dannii’s ruthless pursuit of fame is lampooned by fake Twitter intrusions of her spruiking Etihad, interspersed with some slides of dubious taste promo shots.
All poor Erin has ever wanted to do is join her sisters on the big stage. She should be so lucky. But in the end does fame really count for much?
by Jenny Thompson
Lizzie Moore performs On A Night Like This: The Erin Minogue Experience at Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, until Sat Jun 7.