A ONE-NIGHT appearance by ‘Adele’ had fans on their feet when Naomi Price brought her cabaret about the life and songs of the British diva to Kalamunda.
The powerhouse stage and screen star of The Voice fame did the cockney Londoner proud with an ‘amazin’ crowd-pleasing portrayal of the international star.
Such is the generational appeal of Adele that the event attracted a near full house on a Thursday night at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre.
Price opened with a belting performance of the show’s namesake Rumour Has It despite recovering from illness that forced her to cancel the Kalgoorlie show in the nine-month tour.
What followed was a sentimental journey through the global star’s early years as Price portrayed Adele reflecting on her early childhood, an absent father and her pathway to fame and fortune.
A cheeky chat about young love with audience member Richard ‘Dickie’ led nicely into the ballad Daydreamer written by a 16-year-old Adele, and sung by Price with Scott French on guitar.
Most of Adele’s blockbuster hits made the show including Rolling in the Deep and Turning Tables although at least one Adele fan mourned the absence of the record-breaking Hello, which marked the singer-songwriter’s return to the music scene after a lengthy absence.
Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love, the song Adele made her own in 2010, was beautifully interpreted by Price along with Adele’s own heart-wrenching Someone Like You.
The second half of the show opened with showers of glitter to a haunting rendition of Skyfall, the James Bond score that won Adele an Oscar.
Not one to hog the stage, Price invited each of the musicians to showcase their talent in a medley of Adele’s biggest hits.
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre will host a variety of live music, drama and comedy in season two from July to December, with morning music on the first Wednesday of the month.
Comedy Gold from Adelaide Fringe will play out on August 25 with award-winning stand up acts from Ben Darsow, Richard Naberhood Kehau Jackson and Kel Balnaves.
Other upcoming highlights include A Night of Respect and Wonder in September by Avida, the husband and wife duet of Clay Darius and Paula Parore, who also performed in Rumour Has It.
For more details and to book tickets, visit www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/kpac.