Cathrine Summers reprised her sell-out performance from last year’s Fringe in the dark, moodily lit surrounds of Babushka in Leederville – A Summers Night in Paris took the form of a slightly seedy Paris jazz club of the 1930’s and 40’s with Cathrine and her band pumping out a hit list of jazz and French standards.
In her performance she was ably abetted by a couple of dancers who effortlessly switched costumes and moves from fan dancing through semi strip and kept the audience enthralled.
In between songs Cathrine provided some background on the songs, the writers and the performers as well as her experiences as a young girl growing up in a French provincial town and her many trips back to France when she visits her family in the UK.
The songs of Edith Piaf played a central role along with Marlene Dietrich and of course the wonderful compositions of Cole Porter. Her rendering of MiLord was simply spellbinding, and along with such classics as Autumn Leaves, I Love Paris and C’est Si Bon Cathrine kept the audience enraptured and her stunning finale, the haunting Je Ne Regrette Rien was a suitable conclusion to a special evening.
This is a wonderful show – the dazzling voice of the vivacious and bubbly Cathrine Summers, bantering with the audience between songs, and her virtuoso band providing impressive support.