La Voix is a star and there is no mistaking the power she exudes taking the roof off the Spiegeltent Tent at this year’s Underbelly Festival running at the Southbank. Opening with a sensational, rousing rendition of “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”, the scene was set for a 60 minute whirlwind of gags, self deprecating humour and THAT voice – and with a live band behind her the atmosphere was incredible.
La Voix knows how to work a room and her line of patter is right on the money, topical, satirical and enormously witty – for instance suggesting that Teresa May’s new theme song should be the torch song ballad from Dreamgirls “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. It’s funny tinged with poignancy. The bawdy side of the act partnered with such an elegant delivery just made the audience warm to her even more.
Paying tribute to Garland, Minnelli, Bassey, Turner and Cher, La Voix’s skill as a mimic was abundant. Although comic this was not derogatory, this was an affectionate homage. Closing with a powerhouse performance of “I Am What I Am”, the song could be re-titled “She Is What She Is”. A born entertainer, simply stunning. Live, loud and fabulous.