LIVE on 5, Adelaide Oval
Until 04 Mar 2017

Review by Linda Edwards

In “My Dick”, well-known Adelaide singer James Moffatt presents eight reasons why he will never have the role of his dreams, and the first of them is that he is not female. As he says, many of the greatest songs from musical theatre were written for, and performed by, women such as Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone and Angela Lansbury. Somehow, Moffatt manages to do a great job with them all despite his obvious handicap of being gender challenged. He is joined on stage by the quietly brilliant jazz guitarist David Blackwell.

The songs include selections from the big hits like “Evita”, “A Little Night Music”, “Funny Girl” and “Beauty and the Beast”, but also numbers from lesser known musicals like “Blame it on the Summer Night” from “Rags”. The latter was a flop on Broadway but its lyricist Stephen Schwartz went on to great success in his later musical “Wicked”, from which Moffatt sings “Defying Gravity”.

Moffatt has the kind of wonderful voice you could listen to all night, and he is able to adapt easily to all kinds of music. He is a professional opera singer after all, working with “Co-Opera”, but he also sings contemporary music as a member of the “Australian Voices” ensemble. In a cabaret setting he is relaxed and perfectly at home and connects well with the audience, regaling them with frequently hilarious stories of backstage antics and disasters that have plagued his opera tours. The combination of songs and stories makes for a highly entertaining evening.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)