NoHoArtsDistrict.Com Review ”The Bitch is Back: An Elton John Cabaret"
I love a cabaret…and ”The Bitch is Back” is an Elton John extravaganza of a cabaret, complete with feathers, glitter, sequins and platforms. The marvelous ladies of the Skypilot Theatre Company, guided by their artistic director James Carey and vocal director Darci Monet, prove that passion, enthusiasm and a penchant for the glamorous side of Sir Elton can magically transport even the most jaded of audiences into the frivolous, beguiling, beating heart of this beautiful beast that is Elton John.
It’s a simple show, five vocalists, some of Elton’s biggest hits and a few of his more obscure songs sprinkled amongst them, just to keep us on our toes. The songs are interspersed with furious costume changes, amusing anecdotes and Elton facts. Many of which were a bit revelatory, which was fascinating.
Why Elton? What’s more fun than dressing up, grinding out a few dance moves and harmonizing to “Rocket Man” or “Tiny Dancer” with a banjo, a guitar and a ukulele. I can think of of very little.
Everyone sung their hearts out, and the audience, who took little encouraging, sang right along with them. This year marks the beginning of the end of Elton John’s touring career, although it’s taking him the next three years to wind down. So it’s rather touching that Skypilot marks its first foray into the Hollywood Fringe with an homage to the cuddly genius.
It’s a hugely fun show, but be warned, you will be singing and perhaps, and even I put aside my Britishness for this, you may do a little dancing, and enjoyment will be had...one massive hit and one flashing of sparkles, batting of false lashes and stomping of platforms after another.
The Cast: Kelly Goodman, Marie Pettit, Tina Walsch, Erisa Byrd, and ChloeJane Busic