Adelaide’s oldest and most charming building The Chamber at The Queens was the perfect venue for Prinnie Stevens in LADY SINGS THE BLUES. The blue light shining as she walks on stage to grace the microphone to loud applause and belts out the James Brown classic It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World. Stevens vocals started with a bang and with hands on her hips she commanded our attention. She sure has got it!
LADY SINGS THE BLUES is a show filled with old and modern tunes told through song and storytelling of the struggle female artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Whitney Houston and Beyonce endured through their careers. Stevens took the audience from Billie to Beyonce in an hour filled with soulful joy and sensitive vulnerability.
The setlist is full of heartfelt anthemic hits like Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child, Miss Celie’s Blues from the The Colour Purple, Gospel song His Eye Is on The Sparrow and the crowd favourite Etta James’ At Last. Then taking us through the time travel of female struggle with modern day classics such as Beyoncé’s Freedom, Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love For You and Tony Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart. Stevens finished the show with her strong power vocals on legendary vocalist Aretha Franklin’s song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
This may have been Prinnie Stevens first time performing at the Adelaide Fringe but let’s hope it’s not her last. Adelaide sure does love her! It’s the perfect show that highlights her incredible vocal talents and insightful storytelling through the eyes of her idols.
Fringe Review By Anastasia Lambis
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