Thursday 16 August 2012 | By Katie Cunningham
ED2012 Musicals Review: Somewhere Under the Rainbow – The Liza Minnelli Story (Biscuits For Breakfast Theatre Company)
A one woman musical biography of Liza Minnelli might not necessarily sound like a show with the potential to have a broad appeal. However, this lively, spirited, honest and occasionally touching show manages to achieve just that. Sharon Sexton elegantly combines monologues with some of the star’s biggest hits, and the chosen songs are brilliantly sung and work well with the narrative; the rendition of ‘Mein Herr’ especially captured everything about the famous performance. Sexton’s portrayal of Minelli makes it all work- she’s invested in the character and it shows – and while it was occasionally a little too sentimental, for the most part she kept Liza bitingly cynical, self-deprecating and funny. If anything this show could do with being bigger, but for capturing her story, it’s perfect.
theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 3-18 Aug, 5.45pm.
tw rating 5/5 | Katherine Cunningham