Cabaret Couture

The Devil Wears Leigh Buchanan Return (Brisbane Powerhouse & Troy Armstrong Management)

Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre

April 17 – 18

Following a sellout season at the 2014 Wonderland Festival cheeky devil and ever-likeable Leigh Buchanan is back with his confessional cabaret show “The Devil Wears Leigh Buchanan”. Literary allusions aside, this show is not a fashion parade but a collection of stories and songs from the Brisbane fashionista and Project Runway runner-up.

And Buchanan is quite the storyteller as he shares scandalous secrets and shows off his sensational Swarovskied Dorothy shoes. With tongue-in-cheek observations, the show starts almost like stand-up. Buchanan is clearly having the time of his life and has the audience eating out of his hand within minutes. Before long he is also singing up a storm of diva mashups, including a beautiful ‘I think it´s gonna rain today’. Indeed, there are many surprisingly serene musical moments in gentle contrast to its garish jokes.

From Vivienne Westwood to Tarjay, Buchanan knows fashion, yet the show is about so much more, as he outlines his journey from catwalk to cabaret, starting with his childhood in Ipswich and including his time in the UK, the reality behind reality tv contestant life and a naughty de-mystification of some iconic Aussie celebs. Stilettoed, devil-horned and wearing high waisted Katherine Hepburn pants, Buchanan is clearly a character. Not only this, but he is great at caricature, beyond mere stereotype, bringing drunk expat tranny Barbara Winsor Woo and intolerant, mouthy Nanna to comic life. He is also an excellent musical mimic.

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When Foxtel viewed the initial episode of Project Runway, they requested a re-edit lest the show become known as ‘The Leigh Buchanan Show.’ If “The Devil Wears Leigh Buchanan” shows anything, it is they probably made the wrong decision. Whether striking a pose or sharing a story, Buchanan is ever the performer, which results in a highly entertaining, well-crafted cabaret show.

Photo c/o – www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

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