CABARET STAR TO SIZ­ZLE AT FES­TI­VAL

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - PHIL BROWN

RHONDA Burch­more is known and loved for her abil­ity to sing and dance up a storm. But the mu­si­cal theatre and cabaret star’s lat­est show has her chal­leng­ing even her­self.

At 58, she is be­ing de­scribed as a na­tional trea­sure and this na­tional trea­sure is go­ing full tilt in BANG! BANG!, which opens in The Courier-Mail Spiegel­tent to­mor­row night.

It’s go­ing to be high-oc­tane en­ter­tain­ment to say the least, the much-loved star says. “I will need a stretcher at the end of it,” Burch­more said. “There’s no writ­ten di­a­logue, just a lot of songs and danc­ing for 70 min­utes. It’s like a steam train.”

Burch­more will be joined on stage by TV host and ac­tor Rob Mills and oth­ers, backed by a live band and mixes of recorded tracks of avant pop, bal­lads and up­beat dance num­bers. She will cover songs by Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Cher and Mi­ley Cyrus, among oth­ers.

Bris­bane Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor David Berthold de­scribed the show as an “on stage ex­plo­sion”. “For 30 years, Rhonda Burch­more has charmed and cap­ti­vated Aus­tralian au­di­ences with her larger-than-life per­son­al­ity, dy­namic vo­cals and siz­zling stage pres­ence,” Berthold said. “This in­tox­i­cat­ing show cranks up the heat at the beloved Couri­erMail Spiegel­tent.”

Burch­more said she had never per­formed in the Spiegel­tent and can’t wait. “We’ve been re­hears­ing in it and it feels like home al­ready.”

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