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Respect La Diva

Have some respect!

Respect La Diva has strutted its way to become the campest thing to hit the West End since Priscilla.

Adrian Grant, the man behind musical hit musical Thriller Live, brings this cabaret style show to the Garrick Theatre, which celebrates of some the world’s greatest female performers.

Belting vocalists Sheila Ferguson (Three Degrees), Denise Pearson (Five Star) and Katy Setterfield (That’ll Be The Day) sing mega hits from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Tina Turner and Beyonce.

With outstanding vocals from X Factor runner-up-come-Eurovision-star Andy Abraham, who can be forgiven for his less than spotless narrative, brings a touch of masculinity with his take on This Is A Man’s World.

But it’s Zoe Birkett who steals the show with her cover of the Etta James’ classic At Last.

Bold outfits and cheerful scenarios bring the songs to life and the three flamboyant male dancers give the show some comedy, which helps break up the song after song format.

This fun and colourful show also has its poignant moments as it pays tribute to some of the most influential female singers who are no longer with us. The late Amy Winehouse received the largest reaction from the audience when her image appeared last in the show’s Diva Hall of Fame.

Respect La Diva is also associated with woman’s shelter Refuge, dedicated to supporting the women and children who have been affected by domestic violence. The show relates this to the violence Tina Turner suffered from her husband Ike, which lead to her attempting to commit suicide.

With a talented cast of singers Respect La Diva will leave you humming Dusty Springfield for days, which is obviously no bad thing.

Go on, bring out your inner diva!

Runs until 24 September, Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.

You can buy tickets at the official website.

Review: Calum Donoghue

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