I chose to go on Friday because I love and admire Rhonda Burchmore. She's timeless and still oozes pizzazz and is a consummate professional. The audience roared and clapped with appreciation after she belted out Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend with aplomb and a voice that's still big and bold and full of light and shade. She has a smile that lights up a whole room and is as vivacious and elegantly glammed up as always. Still going strong in one of the toughest and most unforgiving industries, it's a testament to her insurmountable talent as she goes from strength to strength, drawing thunderous applause wherever she performs.
The very versatile Tom Oliver, complete with a variety of accents, is the constant of every show and the constantly transformative element of the night. Without giving too much away, he is excellent and had me believing he had a speech impediment when he first stepped foot on stage. Coupled with a brilliant voice and obvious talent, he's a pocket rocket that rocks the stage.
Dolly's contestant's boring, mundane lives are displayed on the big screen before they speak their dream. Led by song titles giving you a hint as to who they will transform into, it automatically leads you to play a guessing game as to who the contestant will become on the night. Taking on the look of their idols they will perform the songs in a competition, with an audience voting in the winner at the end of night.
On the night, the magnificent Tash York exudes the persona of Amy Winehouse, belting out the songs with her signature powerful vocals, singing alongside Elton John aka Matthew Hadgraft on keyboard who has a healthy set of lungs himself. You are happily encouraged to sing along to a few Elton favourites, though you don't really need much encouragement to belt out and rock out to familiar, boppy tunes. Dolly herself graces us with her rendition of If My Friends Could See Me Now as only she can.
Dolly Diamond is a drawcard for any show that mentions her name. Sharp as a blade and quicker than a speeding bullet, she is professional in every way, she can give it to you straight and strip you bare in the most delightful way. She's also very intuitive with her audience and can throw out love and care just as easily from stage and make the most vulnerable feel embraced and comfortable in her warmth. There's no Dolly, like our show Dolly. In this show, she gives you entertainment galore, great vocal variety performances and a night of guest stars, comedy, glitz, glam and a stunning changeover of Rita Hayworth-esque proportions, complete with red hair and dress.