I am very privileged that my work with Theatre South East has enabled me to see some marvellous theatre, but last night I tried something completely different, and was absolutely blown away!
I had the marvellous fortune to attend a Cabaret performance of two of Broadway’s finest leading lights in the intimacy of the Matcham Room in the Hippodrome Casino, London.
Sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway are both Tony nominated and musical stars in their own right having both starred in a number of Broadway shows, their cabaret show is aptly named ‘Sibling Revelry’ and features solos from each of the girls, together with duets strung together with anecdotes about their careers and playful banter with both trying to usurp and outdo each other.
Their singing styles couldn’t be more different. Ann’s deep rich vocals are phenomenal to hear, her powerful ‘Don’t Rain on my Parade’ was simply the best I have had the fortune to hear and her soulful and passionate ‘My Buddy’ gave me a knot in my stomach.
Whereas Liz’s exquisite soprano voice is beautiful, full of emotion and simply perfect. She moved me to tears when she sang ‘The Story Goes On’ from Baby and she also treated me to one of my favourite songs of all time ‘Meadowlark’. Switching pace completely she had the audience in stitches singing a parody of Sondheim’s ‘Another Hundred People’.
If their solos weren’t stunning enough, it was when the Callaway siblings sang together they exceeded even my high expectations. They voices although very different blended together beautifully with perfect pitch and just as you think it cannot get any better they end the show with a medley of 16 Broadways showstoppers and the Happy Days/ Get Happy duet made famous by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.
Sibling Revelry, was last seen in London at the Divas at the Donmar season 17 years ago and has been revised and updated since then. It has played in America to much larger audiences so the chance to listen to these Broadway giants from a few feet away in the intimacy of the Matcham Room is a rare opportunity and an experience that will stay with me for a very long time.
Quite simply I came of ‘Sibling Revelry’ in awe, recognising that I had seen and heard something quite incredible. They are only in residence for 5 days (until 11th July) I URGE you, if you are in London, you must go. This is supreme talent times two and is absolutely sublime – you will not be disappointed.
I am just wondering if I can go again……!
Photo Credits Darren Bell