Saturday, 8 August 2015

EdFringe Review: Christina Bianco - Party of One at Assembly George Square Gardens

Christina Bianco: Party of One 
Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)
19:20 / 1 hour
Reviewed on Friday 7th August 2015

There's no stopping Christina Bianco who is back at the fringe with her new one-woman cabaret Party of One. The vocal impressionist offers an insight into her childhood, explaining how she honed her craft from a young age. 

A star of Broadway, the West End and YouTube, Bianco has picked a perfect set list. Throughout the performance she performs an A-Z list of impressions spanning all sorts of singers and genres. The evening is also broken up with Bianco simply being herself - she opens with an impeccable rendition of 'Life Of The Party' before later dazzling with her childhood audition song 'Anyone Can Whistle'.

There are also some clever song choices; never has the meaning of Whitney's 'I'm Every Woman' been so apt and closing with 'Born This Way' ties up the evening perfectly. Bianco can do everyone from Barbra Streisand to Iggy Azalea. She does all the impressions Christina Bianco fans know and love plus throws in one or two surprises. 

My favourite part of the evening is when she mixes up singers and songs - for example she does Julie Andrews singing 'Bang Bang' by Jessie J (I could happily watch Bianco doing a whole hour-long show of Julie Andrews singing inappropriate songs). Performing in a beautiful Spielberg tent, it was great to see Bianco joined by a small band led by musical director Joe Louis Robinson who does a stellar job.

The show has such wide appeal - there really is something for everyone. Party of One should be at the top of everybody's to-see list at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, Christina Bianco is in a league of her own. My only complaint is that one hour is not long enough - let's hope Bianco brings an extended version of the show to London soon!

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Christina Bianco: Party of One runs at Assembly George Square Gardens until 16th August 2015.
Click here for information and tickets.

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