REVIEW: Britni Leslie’s BOURBON ST TO BROADWAY

Y’all should hear her

By Narelle Wood

It was clear from the very beginning that the Southern belle Britni Leslie is a force to be reckoned with. With a Southern girl-next-door charm and a booming Broadway voice, there is something reminiscent of Kristin Chenoweth about her.

Bourbon St to Broadway

It in her autobiographical show, Leslie takes us from on a journey of her theatrical accomplishments, starting with her debut in her front yard to Broadway to her Melbourne shows at The Butterfly Club. Each milestone in her career is celebrated with a show-stopping Broadway tune with the some slight lyrical tweaks so the songs perfectly fit the occasion.

But it is not all song; there is story as well. Leslie’s story of a struggling actress is at times risqué, occasionally a little forlorn, but always brutally honest and wickedly funny. Accompanying Leslie’s tales is Tim Verdon on the piano and occasional vocals. Verdon’s piano-playing is the perfect embellishment for Leslie’s vocal stylings, performing classic Broadway hits from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Chorus Line and Smash.

Bourbon St to Broadway is a unique insight into the life of trying to succeed on the stage and a warning to Melbourne that there is a new leading lady in town. Leslie’s cabaret is definitely one to catch if you like Broadway tunes, for this a show that will have you tapping your toes long after it’s finished.

Venue: The Butterfly Club
Season: Friday 16th – Saturday 17th, 7pm, Sunday 18th, 6pm
Tickets: $32 Full | $25 Conc
Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

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