There are only very few people who can't testify to having at least once turned up the radio and singing loudly in the car while drumming on the steering wheel when a great song plays, and it shouldn't be something we should be ashamed of. One person who understands this soundly is Australian singer-songwriter and performer Amity Dry, whose latest Adelaide Fringe offering, Highway Superstar, is a celebration of just that.
While Dry's previous Fringe offerings, 39 Forever and Fortified featured original songs written by Dry based on her life experiences, Highway Superstar takes a slightly different approach, substituting original songs for covers of popular songs which are almost impossible to not sing along to and tap on the steering wheel whilst driving in the carl those songs we secretly love but don't want to admit to. Returning from previous years, Dry is also again joined by Jamie Burgess on piano, who plays live accompaniment for songs by John Farnham, Madonna, Cindy Lauper, Adele, The Bangles, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Toto, Foreigner, Starship, Young MC, to name just a few and these songs are interweaved with interesting life stories from Dry, which are delivered with entertaining humour and wit.
Dry is an enthusiastic and confident performer and demonstrates powerful vocals. It is evident that she has a love for singing and being on stage and this love is contagious - with the audience captivated by her vocals, they couldn't help singing along and becoming filled with joy. Dry also had cheeky and humorous banter with Burgess, which was quite entertaining to watch and the rapport they have developed with each other over time, in such a way that they are able to make lighthearted jokes about each other, was nice to see and provided an extra added touch to an already pleasant show.
However, the highlight of the show was undoubtedly the special guest appearance from Dry's nine-year-old daughter Poppy. Dry has a very obvious close bond with her daughter and to see them sing together with passion, was truly a beautiful sight to witness, and even brought a tear to my eye, for such a beautiful and priceless moment. Dry confessed that her children are what bring her so much joy, and this was so easy to see, with their close bond consequently bringing joy to me also.
Mention must also be made of the costumes featured in the show, which were most relevant and appropriate to the show and added the extra special touch to the show. Whilst Burgess wore a black INXS shirt for the entirety of the show, Dry commenced the show dressed in black leather leggings and a Cold Chisel shirt, before changing into a gorgeous silver sequinned dress, and she also added a silver hat worn backwards and a large silver necklace to Bust a Move, was which particularly entertaining.
Dry concluded her show by commenting, "I hope that [the night's] brought a smile to your face … and that the next time you're in the car, you crank [the music] up a little louder", before following with the Dirty Dancing classic The Time of the Your Life. This was quite a fitting conclusion, as Dry's show truly did offer me the time of my life, leaving me feeling happy and with a large smile on my face, and a beautiful memory to last for a long time.