Reviewer: John Roberts
Funny Women Variety Award Winner and 2010 Musical Comedy Newcomer winner Sooz Kempner arrives at the fringe for this first time and has the added pressure of her big brother’s success with The Only Way is Downtown at The Pleasance (you can’t see it, it’s sold out so you might as well save your £ and see his equally talented younger sibling.) and the disgust of her chosen career by her actor father hanging round her neck like an albatross (don’t worry you will find out more about this detestable man throughout the show.)
However Sooz needn’t worry, for this is a highly enjoyable hour of musical comedy, that more than showcases her extraordinary voice and her ‘Wicked’ly devilish sense of humour and places her as a talent in her own right.
Sooz has always wanted to play the rôle of Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, this desire to tread the boards in green slap, saw her work in a cattery to save £11,000 to put herself through drama school… however despite having graduated five years ago, she has still to find the casting door for the musical open. A shame, as the producer needs to start looking at home-grown talent for the rôle and they could certainly do a lot worse then meeting Miss Kempner.
Interspersed among her cheeky comedy routine are snippets of song from Wicked, her short rendition of The Wizard and I providing plenty of goosebumps, a shame it only lasted 30 seconds and plenty of her own razor sharp satirical compositions.
If you want something to tantalise you just before your evening meal, or looking for a pick-me up after a selection of expensive and mediocre shows then Defying Gravity will more than sort you out.
Photo: Darren Bell | Runs until 24th August