Some of the lovely things reviewers have to say about Lady Sings it Better

The Plus Ones review by Jasmin Ashton, April 15 2016
“I’m not kidding when I say this is my pick of the whole festival. I saw their show in 2015 and I didn’t think it was possible for that calibre of comedy to be exceeded, but they have done that with their new show and I’m a little in love with the brains that came up with the whole thing. A comedy cabaret that makes your ears endlessly happy while having you in stitches at the fact so many pop songs are endlessly creepy when you stop to think about it for two seconds.”

Weekend Notes review by Fiona Anderson, April 2016
“If there’s one show in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016 you shouldn’t miss it’s this one. Yes, that’s a big rap, but the show is hilarious and the Ladies have talent in spades.”

Sometimes Melbourne review by Anne-Marie Peard, 15 April 2016
“They are brilliant. I love them.”

ArtsHub review by Sofia Monkiewicz, 17 April 2015
“Sassy, passionate, and downright hilarious, Lady Sings It Better is comedic cabaret at its best.”

Lip Mag review by Karen Liu, 18 April 2016
“Lady Sings It Better took ownership of a predominantly male platform of musical artistry and questioned the sexist nature of such songs and the current pop culture climate, but perhaps more importantly, brought together a crowd for a night of humour, dancing and unrestrained fun. With the performance of their last song, the group left the stage to raucous cheers and thunderous applause.”

Theatre People review by Suzanne Tate, 18 April 2015
“I have seen a lot of Cabaret in the last couple of years, and I have to say, Lady Sings it Better was one of the best.”

Lip Mag review by Eliza Graves-Browne, 17 April 2015
“The show ended with thunderous foot stamping and clapping from the audience, begging for an encore. Lady Sings It Better is more than just a musical performance; it is a political statement that is cleverly and enjoyably expressed through comical renditions. The power of misogynistic lyrics are taken away and transformed into enlightening and thoughtful compositions. This show is not one to miss.”

The Plus Ones review by Jasmin Ashton, 18 April 2015
“Lady definitely sings it better: if you’ve ever felt the need to hear every sexual song relating to animals sung in perfect feminine four part harmony, your wish will be fulfilled.”

Melbourne. Arts. Fashion. review by Meagan Welsh, 18 April 2015
“voices fit for Broadway and sass for days…”

Scene and Heard review by Jo Litson, 16 August 2014
“Lady Sings it Better is an act of provocation in its own way, but above all it’s hugely entertaining and the enthusiastic audience lapped it up.”

The Music review by Liz Giuffre, 7 August 2014
“The lyrics of most mainstream music are pretty crappy, but to make a point that is funny enough and also with just enough preachy-ness, you need to be able to fucking sell it beyond just pointing that out. There wasn’t a dropped note or syllable left to chance, and the ‘animations’ of the four-piece were gloriously literal at times. As well, special kudos should be given to the understated but also tight-as three-piece band.”

AussieTheatre.com review by Cassie Tongue, 6 August 2014
“The great thing about Lady Sings It Better is that their fun, beautifully sung show is a wilful and proud political act; it’s rare to see something as staunchly feminist as a bunch of women making music together, especially when the goal is to prove just how much of the music we listen to is deeply influenced by the male gaze. The other great thing, of course, is that it’s entertaining. With clever arrangements and beautiful (and beautifully devilish) voices, the group takes you on a tour of pop music with a twinkle in the eye and a cluck of the tongue. When the performances are this strong and the crowd is this pleased, it’s impossible not to leave with a buzz.”

Daily Review review by Ben Neutze, 4 August 2014 *** 1/2
“It’s not just about the laughs — the musical elements are all first class — quite often, the ladies actually do sing it better… When they deliver a set as hilarious and musically satisfying as they did at the Hayes, it’s easy to see why these ladies have been going strong for five years.” Lady Sings it Better at the ballet barAdelaideNow review by Sophie Perri, 15 March 2013 ****1/2
“A night of wicked fun that may leave you listening to the radio a little differently on the drive home.”

Adelaide Theatre Guide review by John Wells, 17 March 2013 ****
“They can sing. Their voices are strong, subtle, nuanced and perfectly suited to the arrangements. Their band is disciplined and tight. But good tonsils don’t make a great show. There is much more. There is a sense of playful silliness and simple fun, which captivates the audience. The dance moves are clever and stupidly daggy. The banter is funny – yes, actually funny! While this show is seriously good, the performers don’t take themselves too seriously. This lightness is the key to the success of this show. They are relaxed, confident and engage with the crowd. This is quality cabaret: quirky, naughty and a bit sexy.”

ripitup.com review by Jenna Bonavita, March 8 2013
“These ladies not only sing it better but best pre-book a massage to alleviate the inevitable smile-aching jaw!”

ArtsHub review by Bernie Burke, 20 February 2013 ****
“Lady Sings it Better are six women who perform songs written by men in cabaret style, and it’s true – they do indeed ‘sing them better.’ Transforming songs including Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’ and James’ ‘Laid’ into numbers with exceptional harmonies and soaring vocals, the originals really couldn’t compare. Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer’ was also a standout, and has been a classic staple of the show for a long time.”

The Scotsman review by Martin Gray, 10 August 2012 ****
“Men do talk some rubbish. We sing some rubbish too, but when six sassy Sydney sirens sing those songs back to us, it makes for comic cabaret gold. They’re sunshine from Australia, a tonic to remove the stench of any bad day.”

Lady Sings it BetterBroadway Baby review by Stuart Saint, 11 August 2012 *****
Beautiful, talented and fully rounded individuals, hotties even, that embrace and paint the universe a resplendent colour with a minxy grin and a cheeky wink… Maeve, Chandra, Libby, Belinda, Monique and Jenni energetically prowl like six sexy and playful kittens, hanging loose in the vibrant land of cabaret, by the way of ‘OZ’.”

Fest Mag review by Ed McCracken, 12 August 2012 ****
“Armed with tonges in cheeks, slick banter, and heavenly harmonies they are reinterpreting bright pop hits by the likes of Joel, The Knack and Otis Redding, to show music’s dark underbelly.”

one4review, 20 August 2012 *****
“The girls all have great singing voices. They share the lines, so your eyes are flashing from one girl to another. Together, they have a full rich sound and their harmonising is wonderfully executed. A solid hour of first class entertainment.”

aussietheatre.com review by Suzanne Mackay, 20 February 2012
“The voices have just the right blend and timbre to them – all very different but in combination, perfect. The arrangements are tight and can turn a run of the mill rock song into a full tilt showstopper.”

Lady Sings it Better at the blackcat loungeStar Observer review by Nick Bond, 16 February 2012
“The ladies themselves are a diverse bunch – from sweet-voiced glamourpuss Chandra Franken to big-lunged powerhouse Marsden, there’s not a weak link among them. Special mention must go to the impressively voiced Libby Wood, though, whose two solo contributions – a hilarious rapid-fire version of Usher’s Yeah and a countrified take on Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive – were the undoubted highlights of the night.”

Adelaide Advertiser review by Ewart Shaw, 9 March 2011 ****
“Sometimes the song becomes satirical, such as Try a Little Tenderness, sometimes powerful, Satisfaction, and in the totally gratuitous – and they admit it – Michael Jackson medley, just a sheer joyful explosion of sound.”

Australian Stage Online review by Vanessa Lahey, 17 August 2009
“As far as cabaret goes, this particular incarnation by the girls who form Lady Sings it Better is spectacular, in the real showstopper sense… Talk about sisters doing it for themselves…the showstopper was just the start of the show. Lady Sings It Better delivers song, dance, cabaret and comedy all under the one bosom. It is the sort of show that takes audiences by pleasant surprise and a show that I intend to catch again.”

JB Hainsworth’s Journal of Thoughts and Feelings
“…in their acts of gendered ventriloquism and appropriation they took me back to adolescent moments of undefinable pleasure, singing along to love songs about women, relishing the perversity of the improper pronouns in my proto-gay, out of key and uneven voice. Seeing six women doing a cabaret version of ‘Closer’ by Nine Inch Nails? Good thing.”

For media enquiries, email Maeve Marsden: maeve@blackcatproductions.com.au