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Meow Meow @ Peninsula Summer Music Festival - Review

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Meow Meow in Cabaret - Broadway comes to Mornington
With her trademark two ciggies firmly clenched in her right hand - one for each Meow - the fabulous Meow Meow strode onto the stage of the Peninsula Community Theatre like the darling of the international stage she is. Unfortunately for her, Mornington isn't quite up there with Berlin, New York and London's West End - but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do.

Meow Meow

What followed was 90 minutes of Broadway-worthy entertainment – minus the lighting, special effects, revolving stage. She improvised with a lazy susan and an obliging stage hand called Tony who could have had his own show. Heck, even the gorgeous sequinned cozzie had to be removed from the fabulous bod of Miss Meow and returned to the hire company 10 minutes into the show. For the remainder of the time our little trouper performed in a less-than-fetching apricot slip (probably not even silk but RAYON darlings), so far had our starlet fallen from the lofty heights of superstardom.

Mornington may not be on the international cabaret circuit, but if Meow Meow was slumming it, it didn't translate into a budget-priced performance. Well it did really (at $75 a seat at one of the candle-lit tables in the 'inner circle' and $60 in the 'outer') but the divine Miss MM gave her audience a gold class cabaret act – Las Vegas Mornington style.

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Meow Meow in full flight

The good citizens of the Mornington Peninsula were treated to songs of heartbreak (Ne Me Quitte Pas) to the comic (Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - in ten different languages). We learned that…
For l'amour
There's no cure
That's for sure
L'amour c'est pour toujours."

We did not know that! Nor did we know that when you scream at men in German they listen to you. No male audience member was safe from the prowling feline creature on the stage, and when they were hauled into the spotlight (well OK, the handheld torchlight) as the requisite beefcake so sadly missing from the budget, they didn't seem to mind at all.

Meow Meow Live at the Peninsula Community Theatre will go down as one of those iconic performances like Pavarotti's Rudolpho Live at the Met. The select few lucky enough to have been in the audience on a wild and stormy January night in 2015 will dine out on the story for years to come. For those who missed out, there are some festival programme highlights yet to come. Schnell!
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Why? The Beauty of the Mornington Peninsula combined with world class performances
When: The festival runs from January 1 to January 11 2015
Phone: 0473 062 272
Where: Venues throughout the Mornington Peninsula from Mount Eliza to Flinders and all points in-between
Cost: $15 to $150 (including refreshments) - average price around $50
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