Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

MICHAEL Dal­ton is ad­dicted to the ap­plause and laugh­ter he re­ceives while per­form­ing as Dolly Di­a­mond.

So it will be win/win for the Mel­bourne-based cabaret act and au­di­ences when he re­turns to Perth for Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2016.

Dal­ton’s new show Dolly Di­a­mond: Alive and In­ti­mate is pure cabaret, with live singing and lyric changes to clas­sic songs from Que Sera Sera to Love is in the Air.

“Dolly likes to really get to know her au­di­ence; there’s al­ways a few gems out there,” Dal­ton said.

“She’s not back­ward in com­ing for­ward, but as much as she picks on the crowd, she’s never cruel, un­less they really de­serve it – late­com­ers, talk­ing, on the phone.”

Dal­ton, who is a ra­dio pre­sen­ter on Mel­bourne sta­tion Joy 94.9, cre­ated the Dolly Di­a­mond char­ac­ter in the late 1990s and has since toured through­out Aus­tralia and the UK. He is ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Mark Jones, who “plays and sings while Dolly swans around in front of the au­di­ence soak­ing up the spot­light”.

“We’d known each other for years but hadn’t worked on­stage to­gether,” Dal­ton said.

Dal­ton was in Perth over the fes­tive break and said he could not wait to re­turn with his show, run­ning from Fe­bru­ary 9 to 12 at Cir­cus The­atre in the Perth Cul­tural Cen­tre.

“I was here quite a few years ago, once when I was in a pro­duc­tion of The Rocky Hor­ror Show with Ja­son Dono­van and also as Ju­lian Clary’s back­ing singer,” he said.

“It’s my kind of place; great weather and friendly peo­ple.

“How could you live in a place like this and be a mis­er­able bas­tard?

“You should put that on your car num­ber plates.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d447263

Michael Dal­ton as

Dolly Di­a­mond.

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