Reviews



GIRLS NEVER MISS A BEAT

What: The Beat Girls Birthday bash.

Where: Circa Two, till October 21

Reviewed by: CAPITAL TIMES OCT 06

From the slick opening and the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B to the Dave Dobbyn encore this is a full on,high energy,entertaining extravaganza.
The formula is the same as previous shows but why change when it succeeds so well? From the 40’s to the 80’s, Andrea Sanders has devised a walk down memory lane in a polished,choreographed show of showstoppers.
The BeatGirls never miss a step in this larger than life,high kicking,hip swaying,feet flashing, two hours of song,dance and comedy.
The mirror ball spins,the polka dot dresses are skirt swirling madness and the 80’s lycra and bubble gum sneakers conjure up a desparate time of fitness fanatics and the quest for Fame.
It was impossible to make notes as I was having too much fun so here goes on memory.
Standouts were the Bossa Nova beginning, Shame and Scandel in the Family,He’s a Rebel, In His Kiss,Mr Sandman,Enough is Enough, Think by Aretha Franklin and the grand finale of these four divas dressed in purple sequins celebrating the divas who gave music the words to celebrate almost everything.
Happy Birthday beatGirls! A must see!

 

BIRTHDAY GIRLS KEEP UP THE BEAT

What: The Beat Girls Birthday bash.

Where: Circa Two, till October 21

Reviewed by: DOMINION POST 0CT 06

The BeatGirls are back and as flamboyant as ever for their 10th birthday celebrations.
Their energy and stamina are awe inspiring as they sing, dance and joke their way through song after song, starting in the 1940’s and right through to the 90’s,with banter and snippets of historical background.
Their showbiz professionalism is polished to the highest degree and they are at their best when they combine their comedic skills with the spot on timing of their choreography and singing.
Their send-up of 80’s dance movies [ Fame/Flashdance] is hilarious as one dancer gets the steps wrong and sets off a chain reaction. Just as hilarious is the aggressive and revengeful choreography to ‘I Will Follow Him’. These 2 numbers alone are birthday presents indeed. With the season already sold out it’s clear that The BeatGirls are on to a winner - lets hear it for the next 10 years!

Loving Pastiche Doesn't Miss A Beat

What: The Beat Girls: A Midwinter Christmas Show.

Where: Circa Studio, till August 9

Reviewed by: Simon Sweetman

THE Beat Girls are the alter egos for talented entertainers Andrea Sanders, Carolyn McLaughlin and Christina Cusiel. Their Midwinter Christmas Show combines comedy, songs and dance. The Beat Girls' popularity is based on their faithful and loving pastiche of the 60s Girl Group era - they've mimicked the Ronettes, The Supremes and The Crystals. Indeed their show is based on the career of Svengali producer/arranger Phil Spector. Their Midwinter Christmas Show provides fun for all - offering added diversity to the standard Beat Girls set. The show begins with a run through of some Christmas songs, mostly taken from the little known Phil Spector Christmas album. As always, the performances are self-effacing and crowd pleasing. But this is not just The Beat Girls Do Christmas - this is a Theatre piece. The stage is decked, like the proverbial halls, with holly - and fairy lights. There's a tree, with presents - including one for an audience participation game of Pass The Parcel. Fun. But never at the expense of the music - rather, springing from it. The Beat Girls have excellent voices capable of emulating a wide range of latter-day and present hits. Moving away from the Christmas theme for the second set, the audience is treated to some thigh-slapping country and western. As always, song selection is crucial to the development of stage ideas, from Pasty Cline's Crazy, to Dolly Patron's Jolene - during which the Beat Girls abandon their backing tapes and accompany themselves on guitars, further highlighting their collective talents. This is a musical show that provides solid entertainment. I was worried that recent covers such as Aqua's Barbie Girl and Survivor by Destiny's Child might well have been lost on a faithful audience weaned on the 60's originals that have not only inspired this group but also guaranteed their lasting appeal. Not the case. Every moment of this show is lapped up. And fair enough. Convincing performances by three talented performers - clearly enjoying every moment themselves - fill the show with Mid-winter Christmas Cheer.



Beat Girls Provide Welcome Dose Of Nostalgia

Review from Hawkes Bay Today, September 14 2002

The Beat Girls, The Assembly, Hastings September 12 & 13 2002

Reviewed by Ian Render

Finally we know the answer. It's The Beat Girls who put the ram in the ram-a-lam-a-ding-do ng! Maureen, Doreen and Chlorine did not quite get to the church on time, but when they did, they had the audience (clearly ready for a good night out) in raptures with their opening number, Chapel of Love. This trio move like the mashed potato and the Frug were invented purely for their benefit. It was all high-energy mayhem delivered with slick timing and that lovely over-the-top quality that lets you revel in that era's culture while the girls cunningly send it up. The big beehive hair said it all. Think chemically-enhanced Marching girls at their after-match function. But there's more! They can really, really, sing, too. In fact, their three-part harmony was so deftly balanced I suspected that they were singing along to a recording of themselves - but no, (unless I've been suckered) they're just that good. The crowd went wild when Andrea Sanders (Chlorine) paid tribute to Allison Durbin's monster hit, I Have Loved Me A Man, her fabulous voice perfectly mimicking Durbin's style, and even topping it. Of course, she didn't miss the chance to "bear him a child" in the middle of it all. Narelle Ahrens (Maureen) was the cute one who delivered on the sweeter songs, and Christina Nilsson-Cusiel played the dateless, dorky, Doreen, to the great delight of the punters - kind of a female Dame Edna (if you know what I mean), sex-mad and desperate in flicked-up glasses. But when she belted out Dancing In the Street there's no doubting her powerhouse talent. The crowd kept calling for more. The thing is, the show was actually a cunning mix of raunchy fun and feminism. Ms sanders acknowledged that the songs were often "sexist and lyrically challenged". Everyone was reveling in the laughs and the nostalgia-fest, when, whammo! they get you right between the eyes with the revelation that Phil Spector had The Crystal record a song called He Hit Me And It Felt Like A Kiss (yes really). The trio performed this to a devastating effect and made as powerful a point as any lecture on domestic violence. Fortunately though, girls can do anything and These Boots Are Made For Walking was a huge favourite as the show drew to a close. It would be a foolish man who mixed it up with these chicks. When you're getting middle-aged it's wonderful to have your era affirmed and cheekily critiqued with a show like this. I wanted to rush home and download a tonne of girl-group music, because (alas) The Beat Girls don't have a CD to flog at the door. If you want to come out of the closet as a shameless sixties pop fan (I did) put this show at the top of your must-see list.