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Review: Queer Piano Bar at Liberty Fringe

Reviewed by Tatum Stafford

As we headed downstairs to the Basement of the newest Fringe venue, Liberty Fringe, there were queer anthems blasting, drinks flowing, and disco lights blaring.

The show is billed as a ‘genre-blending masterclass of song’ celebrating camp, vibrant and iconic classics.

It opened with a super fun mash-up of songs from ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Singin’ In The Rain’, featuring the soaring vocals of Aria Scarlett (who also produced the show) and Autumn Daze, a vibrant burlesque performer.

All of the acts for the night were accompanied on piano by the effervescent Gavin Nicklette, who had his own moments to shine on gorgeous, slow renditions of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and the queer classic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Gavin has plenty of sass, impeccable dress sense and luscious long lashes.

Next up was Jolie Davis, who performed a few incredible numbers, including one from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and the classic “Finally”. Their chemistry and banter with Gavin was a hilarious show highlight.

We were then gifted with performances by drag queen Donna Kebab, who did a beautiful rendition of a number from “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”, and Autumn Daze, who served up a burlesque and vocal treat.

The penultimate number was certainly a memorable one – Aria Scarlett took to the stage with her rendition of “Zero Gravity”, Kate Miller-Heidke’s Eurovision classic. Her vocals are absolutely stunning, and her voice soared with ease up to the high notes. This was so impressive to watch up close!

The show ended with a fun group number from the ‘Anastasia’ film, and there was a clear comradery amongst the cast that permeated through the venue. This was the perfect night cap to a night of Fringe fun.

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