BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FRINGE 2014: 50 FOREVER CANDY CHAMBERS You Can't Get Too Much Candy

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FRINGE 2014: 50 FOREVER CANDY CHAMBERS You Can't Get Too Much Candy

Reviewed Saturday 7th June 2014

Jamie Jewell, as Candy Chambers in 50 Forever, is a very rare thing, a drag queen who relies on sheer talent rather than bitchy sniping.

Candy is sweet, and 50 again, and talented, and quick witted, and athletic, and long legged, and engaging, and....the list goes on. In 50 Forever we, once again, see the creative pairing of Jewell and David Paul Jobling. They co-wrote the script and Jobling directed the work.

Over nearly two hours, Candy shared her wisdom with us, wisdom gained through a hard life, but a celebrated life which, after all, is a great way to do it. She segued effortlessly through accents, styles, and songs, showcasing her great vocal range and personality along the way, whilst winning the hearts of her audience.

Candy's upbeat & sunny personality dazzles as much as her sequins, with fast innuendo lashing out from that deceptively gentle, Marie Antoinette profile. Her show was polished and perfected, with audience participation mandatory and, usually, gladly given, such is her ability to engage, encouraging removal of audience/performer barriers and letting us laugh at ourselves. Candy's consummate performance is pure cabaret; there is nothing more anyone could want but more Candy. The range of her abilities is immense, always beautifully sophisticated and with added glitz shining through. Candy had a perfect foil in her backing group, sometimes affectionately known as The Freckles, with musical arrangement and keyboards by Carol Young, Tom Leach, on bass guitar, Chris Soole, with a lovely sexy tenor sax, and Peter Overall keeping the beat on drums. Drummer and bassist varied on other nights.

This Adelaide audience just couldn't get enough Candy.

This Adelaide audience just couldn't get enough Candy.

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Barry Lenny Born in London, Barry was introduced to theatre as a small boy, through being taken to see traditional Christmas pantomimes, as well as discovering jazz and fine music at a very young age. High school found him loving the works of Shakespeare, as well as many other great playwrights, poets and novelists. Moving to Australia, he became a jazz musician, playing with big bands and his own small groups, then attended the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, playing with several orchestras. This led to playing in theatre pits, joining the chorus, playing character roles, playing lead roles (after moving into drama), then directing, set and lighting design, administrative roles on theatre boards and, finally, becoming a critic. After twenty years of writing he has now joined the Broadway World team to represent Adelaide, in South Australia. Barry is also a long time member of the prestigious Adelaide Critics Circle.


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