Caroline Nin in Songs and Stories From the Paris Lido
Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Space Theatre, June 6-7
Review by Honey B
French chanteuse Caroline Nin knows how to seduce an audience.The statuesque, smoky-voiced Nin is a master in cabaret as she struts the stage like a cat about to pounce in her latest show Songs and Stories of the Paris Lido.Nin headlined at the famous Paris venue on the Champs-Elysees, which has been home to Edith Piaf, Shirley Maclaine and Liza Minelli, for five years.The glamorous storyteller made every song her own and she had an eclectic mix of tunes from Brel to Grace Jones and Kurt Weill. She's a heady combination of dark, light and passion - Nin gets under the skin of a song.It was hard to take your eyes off of Nin as she wove her magic, telling breathy tales of the famous Lido dancers, the Bluebells, and giving a little insight into life on the Lido stage, in the dressing rooms and out in the Parisian bars.Nin playfully interacted with the audience and she had many of the men blushing and looking at their shoes as she slid into the audience for the sexy and empowering songs Undress Me and Whatever Lola Wants.Other highlights included her version of Gloria Gayner's I Will Survive and Edith Piaf's Non Je Ne Regrette Rien and La Vie en Rose.The iconic performer credits the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with breaking her career in Australia 12 years ago and the "long sparrow'' is welcome back any time.