Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Dunstan Playhouse, Thursday, June 11
Review by Honey B
There was a perfect storm created at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this year.
Powerful and completely fearless rock chanteuse Storm Large let her intentions be known early as she took the audience on a love-fuelled ride.She told the audience not to be scared about the "crazy emotion'' and described love as an "illness'' that we needed.Large's kind of bold and sensuous love was certainly what we needed as she turned Cole Porter's hit I've Got You Under My Skin into a punk rock stand-out as was her emotion-filled Dusty Springfield classic If You Go Away which she crooned in English and French.She sang about tortured love, unrequited love, head-over-heels love - love in all its twisted glory. Her version of Olivia Newton John's Hopelessly Devoted To You was a glorious crazy joy.Large let the audience in as she shared insightful anecdotes about her life and her tight four-piece band Le Bonheur backed her all the way.The show would have been all the more perfect had Large been able to slide between cabaret tables in either the Space Theatre or Banquet Room in her skin-tight, cream-coloured floor-length dress. Still she smouldered brightly on-stage.Large is the kind of singer who could recite the phone book and still ooze sensuality, passion and fire.She is and was simply divine and she received a well-deserved standing ovation. Bravo.