By Christine Moffat
Les Femmes features five musically talented women (Les Femmes of the title) plus all original songs by Chris Wallace. The show begins slow and small, with just Wallace onstage with pianist (and musical director) Robyn Womersley and Kat Ades on double bass.
Wallace sings a simple little ditty about his admiration for women, and gives a brief introduction to the show. What follows is an hour of original songs belted out by the amazing vocal talents of Sarah-Louise Younger, Georgina Ward and Hollie James. Boy, can these three ladies sing!
The show follows a an old-fashioned revue format, with song following song in quick succession. Each singer takes on a persona that matches the mood of the song. Younger is almost a show-stopping talent, performing songs ranging from comedy to sultry to soul with gusto. Her voice is almost too big for the venue: when she belts, she belts!
Ward is particularly cute in a country number about an unlucky-in-love faded beauty. James is ready for the stage at the Princess Theatre, in one number singing and tap dancing with style, in another bringing herself and some of the audience to tears. Wallace casts himself in the role of comic relief, performing a couple of cute songs and keeping the ball rolling.
There is not much to fault with this show: it is an hour’s real entertainment. A couple of the lyrics were lost in the faster numbers (for example, ‘The Chocolate Song’) – perhaps this is due to The Butterfly Club not requiring microphones. Bringing the action to the front of the stage for group songs could solve this. If any change were to be made, this reviewer suggests finishing with ‘The Chocolate Song’ (maybe even as a sing-along) as it has great energy and was simply good fun – the epitome of the show overall.
Oct 16 – 20
8pm (9pm Thu-Sat)
The Butterfly Club
Carson Place (just off Little Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD)