It doesn't take long to realise that this is going to shape up to be a really fun night. Abba tunes blare out as people stream in. A museum is set up as an ode to Meryl Streep on the stage. This solo performance by Alexandra Keddie is very, very funny. Alexandra weaves her singing cleverly into crafted storytelling and it is received with great appreciation. Early in the show people cheered, clapped and belly laughs echoed in The Butterfly Club.
Alexandra has perfected the monologues of Meryl Streep and I, not a huge fan of Meryl Streep, surprisingly and thoroughly enjoyed the information about her life. Alexandra's accent was impressive and made me wonder how many hours she must have spent trying to remember all those acceptance speeches, songs and engaging dialogue. I've made mention about the loud and energetic laughter - at the other end of the spectrum, the silence was deafening when she was relaying serious conversations about and spurting out flawless dialogue about her first true love for example.
Alexandra is not the best singer in the world (mind you, she surprised me how good she was) but that's just a part of her clever performance. I loved her heartfelt singing and the way it was juxtaposed with a swift monologue and supported by many costume changes, comedy, a multimedia show and musical accompaniment.
The show makes you convinced that she must have an obsession for Meryl Streep and a miraculous memory. How on earth did you do it? She has produced a powerful monologue, demonstrated a razor-sharp memory and belted out of tune together is convincingly fabulous.
When she sang the ABBA song 'The winner takes it all', I thought she is! I She is definitely a winner and I hope she has a big future. I would certainly go back to see her again in a heartbeat.
When exiting the venue, these are some of the comments I heard from other audience members:
'That was fantastic', She's very talented', 'That was so good' and 'It was awesome'. My companion commented she had never heard people laugh so loud. She was a younger audience member who hadn't seen half the movies, but she was still very impressed by the talent and wanted to go and watch the movies now.