Liza Pulman The Songs of Hollywood Tour
Saturday 23rd April, Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Let’s get straight to the point, Liza’s stage show does more than it bills. Sure, she sings The Songs of Hollywood, but she also gives us, the audience, so much more. Liza’s show is a whole evening of rich, glittery and at times, comic entertainment. By Liza’s own admission, she is your secret weapon in a pub quiz when it comes to the movies, and she shares that knowledge between songs. Liza’s passion for Hollywood, for her musical heroes, for the stories the songs amplify is shared with her audience. Liza is a generous performer, giving a great deal of herself throughout the show. Liza comes across as tender, charming, feisty, and funny all in one exquisitely dressed bundle. Her frocks are beautiful, and against a back drop of the ‘ensemble’ in dinner dress, this helps bring the feel of Hollywood glamour to the stage.
Liza’s voice is beautiful, with an astonishing range. The arrangements that Joseph Atkins and the Starlight Ensemble have put together are stunning. Some are more traditionally played, but others, like Moon River, take on a whole new lease of life. It is hard to pick a favourite, when all are delivered with such passion, but Liza’s covers as Marilyn Monroe would be my personal choice. Several of the audience were moved to tears during some songs as Liza’s renditions were so evocative – the songs of the movies are also the soundtracks of our lives..
This is a show, a tour, that spreads magic as it goes. Somehow you expect the songs of Hollywood to be mostly dramatic ballads, and there are some of those, but Liza’s comic, often flirty delivery, sets a different tone. It is an engaging show, that will make you both want to put on your finest frock and your dancing shoes and be a little bit like ‘Fred & Ginger’, and also rush home to stream some of the greatest of the Hollywood films. Liza Pulman’s show is a feel-good one, where your heart beats a little faster, your smile grows a little wider, and you feel positively uplifted as you head home.
Images shamelessly copied from Liza’s website, as I was too much in raptures to take pictures. See Liza Pulman