Australian artist Avigail Herman celebrates our favourite Funny Girl
By Kate Boston-Smith
There is no faulting Avigail Herman’s vocal ability and technique. A mainstay of Australian music and theatre, people are more likely to recognize her voice than her name, and it is with this exceptional voice and her tremendous talent that she channels Streisand into the room with us for this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
Performing in a difficult space, Herman opens her heart through the songs of Barbra Streisand to her audience. Herman is a true professional in every sense of the word. This show is classic and sleek and Herman is as intelligent as she is talented.
As the show title suggests, she tell stories of Streisand and her 40-year career while flawlessly covering her beloved and expansive body of music, including classics we all know and love to more obscure numbers that are playful and fun.
Lovers and fans of the stage and Hollywood diva will be on the edge of their seat as each song starts, and again when it finishes as there no knowing where Herman is going to take us next on this journey. The Streisand-uninitiated will enjoy learning about this incredible woman, all she has achieved and where she has come from.
Songs are breath-taking and wonderfully recognizable. At times I heard audience members singing along, tapping their feet and at one point, holding their beloveds in romantic embraces.
It was a beautiful show, and ideal for those wanting to be transported to a New York cabaret lounge for an hour of the wintery evening.
Performed by Avigail Herman and accompanied by Peter Bailey
Tonight and Sunday 24 July, 9.15pm
Tickets: $38 / $35
The Liber Room next to the South Melbourne Library (opposite Town Hall)