The lights go down and three ladies dressed in black ensembles strut onto the stage, and launch into ‘Hey Big Spender’, singing unapologetically loud and high. They are the Cyrens, and they’re going to have your full attention for the next sixty minutes. And you’ll eat up every second of it.
The trio are gracing the stage of Chapel Off Chapel as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Just when you thought Melbourne had too many festivals…you realise there is no such thing as too many festivals. Especially if they are even half as fabulous as the Cyrens.
Starring Amanda Harrison (Wicked), Chelsea Renton-Gibb (Chicago) and Melissa Langton (The Fabulous Singlettes), as the title suggests, the show is an homage to legendary Tony Award winning Broadway composer Cy Coleman, known from musicals such as Sweet Charity, City of Angels, and Barnum.
Each of the Cyrens sport powerhouse voices and a larger-than-life personality, but despite this they compliment each other well. Their onstage banter is fantastically funny, and makes the show fly by regrettably fast. Old school jazz vibes are turned into a modern sensation.
The show is filled with sass, humour, and beautifully arranged harmonies by Mark Jones; ranging from familiar favourites like ‘Hey Big Spender’, to under appreciated gems like ‘Don’t F*ck Around With Your Mother-In-Law’. The tone shifts from laugh out loud tunes to more emotional jazz ballads, and it is all supported by a live four-piece band.
They even urged spectators to check out the newly renovated bathrooms at Chapel Off Chapel, which I can confirm, were very impressive. The venue as a whole has super nice vibes – definitely suitable for a date. So next time you swipe right, take them along to the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Drinks can be taken into the show and there’s comfy couches to snuggle on afterwards.
If ‘Cyrens – The Swinging Songbook of Cy Coleman’ is anything to go by, the Melbourne Cabaret festival is going to be a killer. And all the shows are very reasonably priced to boot.