New York based singer and actress Tori Scott brought her one woman show Thirsty, to the Marlborough Theatre, on Wednesday (July 26) and gave Brighton its finest cabaret event of the season.
Described by Provincetown Magazine as “the Bette Midler of the new millennium”, Tori Scott has in fact much, much more to offer. She sings the socks of Bette of with a repertoire of songs ranging from standards to show tunes, all perfectly arranged to profile her voice as the magnificent instrument it is.
A raconteur, more than a comedienne she effortlessly chats her way through the evening. It is like engaging with your big sister – one minute she encourages you close to her breast to share a little secret – then she opens her mouth and blows you away with her mighty voice. That voice, has a huge range, is crystal clear from top to bottom and loses non of its finesse as she effortlessly belts out the big notes.
While her show is clearly aimed at a gay audience her appeal is much wider and I would love to see her work in a much larger venue where a talent of this size deserves to be presented.
The structure of the show is sophisticated and clever as are the quality of the medley/arrangements. Back to Back and House of the Rising Sun sent shivers down my back. Rainbow High and Buenos Aires brilliantly showed off how technically secure her vocals are and highlighted the importance of the musical director to such a performer. Her keyboard player Jesse Kissel was quite simply brilliant and the quality of their musical partnership was highlighted in the cool and contemporary medley La Vie En Rose/Wrecking Ball/The Man That Got Away, that quite simply took my breath away.
Remember the name Tori Scott, I will for a long time.
Tori is Live at Zedel in London this evening at 9.15pm
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