Tuesday 24 January 2017

On A Night Like This: The Erin Minogue Experience review

There are not too many people in the world who do not know who Kylie Minogue is. And the same could be said for her sister Dannii Minogue. But what about Erin Minogue? That's right, the other, other Minogue sister who has also been seeking her own piece of the fame pie. Presented as part of this year's Midsumma Festival,  On A Night Like This: The Erin Minogue Experience focuses on the youngest Minogue sibling who is given her moment to shine in this well-crafted and stylish comedy cabaret about the true story of a fictitious person.

Written by Chris Gist and Paul Kooperman with Lizzie Moore (who also performs as Erin), we are taken through the decades of the Minogue sisters' lives and it revealed what Erin's role in each significant moment was or what the reason was for her absence. When it comes to the case of the Young Talent Time, while all three were originally booked to audition, Erin had a doctor's appointment she had to go to due to her mother's concern of her unusual growth spurt...

The stories within each period are entertaining funny with a great mix of songs from the Minogue sisters, including "This Is It" by Dannii and "I Believe In You" by Kylie. Accompanying Erin on stage is her sassy pianist, D'Arren (like L'Oreal - aka Brad Rush), who also joins in for a few notable songs. Erin's recollections are sharp and witty with some brilliant one-liners and apart from a slight drop during the 00's period, the story is tight and told with a purpose.

Moore is engaging on stage and her animated re-telling of these natty narratives feels genuine and convincing as if Erin actually was indeed there. And if her words are not believable enough, there is a slideshow throughout the show with photographic 'evidence'. Just like the Minogues, Moore also has an impressive voice, whereupon she is able to take her sisters' hits and - with some pleasing musical arrangements by Anthony Costanzo - make the songs her own.

So while Erin may not be as famous as her sisters or have their international success, she still has things to be proud of, such as getting to run her very own dance school, the Erin Minogue Fame School in Franksto. On A Night Like This is a fresh, fun and enjoyable cabaret show about reaching for the stars, even if they seem too far away.

On A Night Like This: The Erin Minogue Experience was performed at Chapel Off Chapel between 20 - 21 January 2017.

Click here to read my interview with Lizzie Moore.

* Review originally appeared on Theatre Press on 24 January 2017.

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