KT Sullivan

Thursday, 26-Jun-03 09:15:59 EDT



Reported by Bill Stephens of SHOWBUZZ

If one had thought that nothing could top the excitement of the first two weeks of the 2003 Adelaide Cabaret Festival then the opening show of the third and final week, would certainly have put them straight.

For me that week commenced with the Australian debut of K.T. Sullivan and Mark Nadler in "Ladies of the Silver Screen." From the minute she sashayed on to the stage, long black velvet dress revealing a shapely leg, feather boa trailing, platinum blonde hair piled on top of her head, delightfully wide-eyed and looking every inch the movie star, K.T. Sullivan had us in the palm of her pretty hand, and that's where we stayed for the duration of her show.

Accompanied with panache by the amazing Mark Nadler on piano, and singing a series of beautiful, sometimes wacky songs we had almost forgotten from films made between 1930 and 1957, K.T. Sullivan paid affectionate tribute to such Hollywood luminaries as Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day and Carmen Miranda. Mark Nadler joined in the fun, sharing the gossip and standing in obligingly for the other screen ladies during the duets which punctuated a series of clever medleys sprinkled throughout the show. Funny and stylish "Ladies of the Silver Screen" was the perfect entree into the final week of cabaret presentations.