Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Overall review: ★★★1/2 Date attended: 17/02/2019
When Aurélie Roque wanders to the stage in a revealing Dorothy dress, pulling a bottle of whisky from her basket, it becomes pretty clear that we're not in Kansas anymore.
Aurélie's show tells the story of how she moved from Kansas during a tornado to Australia, following her Toto (hubby), only to come face to face with her personal scarecrow, tinman and frightened lion, calling on her Glendas and facing down her wicked witch along the way.
Accompanied by the talented Luke Volker on keyboards, the pair interact throughout in fun, light-hearted commentary on the show. The warmth of their relationship is a delight. Between songs, the show is a little loose in the best kind of way, making it feel more personal and immediate.
Occasionally, the connection between the songs and narrative gets a little lost, though they're so enjoyable you forgive that and just roll with it. While the show takes a little while to find its feet - the mix of comedy, cabaret and emotional journey not immediately gelling, there is a level of emotional connection that is eventually achieved.
As my friend Sky Harrison exclaims, "Aurélie has a powerhouse of a voice, which she uses to full effect" (you can see her background in musical theatre if you're not convinced)! She takes popular songs and weaves her narrative into them – opening with a Celine Dion power ballad, Katy Perry and Amber Riley. A particular highlight of the show is the merging of Cindi Lauper's 'True Colours' with 'Over the Rainbow', and the addition of Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding Out for a Hero' or, in this case, a wizard.