Village Theatre, Sanctuary Cove
It’s not the “Bombshell” musical of Glee for grownups TV show “Smash”, but “Bombshell” is just as much fun. And with Katherine Rodrigues behind the microphone, you are sure to have a good time.
Performing at the Village Theatre, Sanctuary Cove, Rodrigues launched Bombshell’s new show with a wink and smile to an appreciative crowd on Sunday night. And although it might be difficult to define, this is a show with wide appeal. From burlesque to bop, she showcases her bulletproof blonde persona. However, while she may look like Marilyn Monroe (and does a fantastic purring impersonation of her) Bombshell is so much more than that, because, as she notes in early reflection, ‘virtue is much more important than hairdo’.
Bombshell has her own story and strategies for dealing with men (or wolves as Marilyn would call them) and her own style, as is revealed in the eclecticism of her first act, which is celebration of nostalgic glamour and burlesque. Initial numbers are Marilyn-esque in their 1940s pin-up appeal, peppily accompanied by energetic male dancers dressed like they have stepped straight out of “On The Town”. And there is comforting familiarity to the cheekily flirtation of traditional tunes such as ‘I Wanna Be Loved by You’ (complete with audience interaction). Burlesque numbers are transformed into opulent spectacles thanks to corseted costumes and salacious dancers.
Repetition is rarely nourishing so it is refreshing to such variety to the show’s sequence. And Act Two, during which Rodrigues is accompanied by band The Bullets, sees her belting out more modern, often remixed tunes, from Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ to Britney’s ‘Toxic’ and a show stopping ‘Titanium’.
As a first showing, there were some rough edges to the night with sound, lighting and av lapses, as well as an overzealous smoke machine, however, ultimately the sum of Bombshell is greater than its parts. And if Sunday’s show is a sign of things to come, Rodrigues has a genuine hit on her hands, representing the ultimate in live entertainment.
*A review of this show also appears on the XS Entertainment website.