Thursday, 26-Jun-03 09:15:59 EDT

Reported by Bill Stephens of SHOWBUZZ

If one had thought that nothing could top the excitement of the first two weeks of the 2003 Adelaide Cabaret Festival then the opening show of the third and final week, would certainly have put them straight.

For me that week commenced with the Australian debut of K.T. Sullivan and Mark Nadler in "Ladies of the Silver Screen." From the minute she sashayed on to the stage, long black velvet dress revealing a shapely leg, feather boa trailing, platinum blonde hair piled on top of her head, delightfully wide-eyed and looking every inch the movie star, K.T. Sullivan had us in the palm of her pretty hand, and that's where we stayed for the duration of her show.

Accompanied with panache by the amazing Mark Nadler on piano, and singing a series of beautiful, sometimes wacky songs we had almost forgotten from films made between 1930 and 1957, K.T. Sullivan paid affectionate tribute to such Hollywood luminaries as Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day and Carmen Miranda. Mark Nadler joined in the fun, sharing the gossip and standing in obligingly for the other screen ladies during the duets which punctuated a series of clever medleys sprinkled throughout the show. Funny and stylish "Ladies of the Silver Screen" was the perfect entree into the final week of cabaret presentations.

The Australian
June 20, 2003
Back to Movie Musicals
By Tony Love

Ladies of the Silver Screen

This sassy New Yorker via Los Angeles via Oklahoma strides brassily to center stage and launches into her first overture as if she owns the town.  That’s how it’s done on Broadway and in Hollywood and that’s what this show is all about.  KT Sullivan introduces her show as “some old songs, some older” and, in an adorable patois of Pleasantville Americanese, takes us through a time warp back to the golden years of movie musicals from 1930 to the mid-1950s.

KT obviously has had a lifelong love affair with the likes of Bette Davis, Doris Day and Marlene Dietrich – she looks and sings like she belongs in every one of her heroines’ shoes, she respects them greatly and because of that allows us a glimpse into her own and, perhaps the all-American woman’s world.

KT’s pianist Mark Nadler, handled the Steinway like he was driving a Porsche, all swagger and bravado with great touch and glimpses of the humour he’s renowned for and no doubt will showcase in his other Cabaret Festival shows.