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A review by Mary Couzens for EXTRA! EXTRA!





The Supreme Fabulettes



Love, Rhythm and Tears

Miss Mary Mac 
Miss Vicki Vivacious 
Miss Vanilla Lush


Vocal Arrangements
Terry Ronald

Musical Arrangements
John Themis

Katie Ella Hardwick

Producer Walt Utz

Stevie Stewart

Madam Jo Jo’s


24 October, 2012


The Supreme Fabulettes do Love, Rhythm and Tears by the bucketful... Their first full length show features a mash up of glee-style Motown hits with a modern meld, sixties-style, with Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud and Adele. This is a drag show like no other. In an audacious start ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’segues into ‘Dancing in the Street’. And boy can these girls sing! With razor-sharp harmonies, cleverly underscored with musical arrangements by Terry Ronald and John Themis, they know their way around pop songs and pop divas. Yet The Supremes’ inspiration is evident throughout with ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’, ‘Stop In the Name of Love’, in a perfect dove-tail with Girls Aloud, and ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’.

The Fabulettes are supreme in stagecraft too. In red satin dresses, stoles, big sleeves and high, high, high Deliah heels they reveal, Brotherhood-of-Man-style, slim hips and classy sixties’ moves. The trio of Mary Mack, Vicki Vivacious and Vanilla Lush are very talented in their own rights, yet together they make a supreme sound. They cover Latin vibes, Ballad, Soul and Blues. They can evoke Diana Ross or Tina Turner. In the middle of the act each gets a moment’s reflection: ‘The Crying Game’, ‘Who Knows When We’ll Dance Again’andAll Cried Out’, showing off their control and richtones. Then it’s off again with the big hair, in a chain reaction where young hearts roam free, in the middle of the road, stepping out to The Ronettes and Lulu‘s ‘Shout’; nobody sits still.

The ambience in Madam JoJo’s heaving den was decidedly decadent: red-glow skylights, deco mirrors, rounded by DJ Tasty Tim’s thumping disco beats and mountain of red hair. The Fabulettes have a great creative team behind them. As well as Ronald and Themis, is designer Stevie Stewart, formerly one half of Body Map, currently styling Michael Clark and Company. Katie Ella Hardwick’s choreography shows off the trio as they shimmy in style in silver sheaths and Swarovski crystals.

Perhaps what was not as successful were the filmed sequences, featuring backstage banter and dream sequence, complete with cameo appearance by singer Sinitta. In themselves they work, but here they felt bolted on, and the randomly placed ‘pub screens’ clashed with the overall classy concept. In the show we were offered large and live, now we had small and re-pro. Yet there are many memorable, feel-good moments, and this in essence is what ‘love, rhythm and tears’ is about. The delivery of ‘Proud Mary’ and Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’is perfection. The Supreme Fabulettes deliver glitz, glamour and glee in a gimme, gimme style. Their fan-base grows by the day, catch them before they go stratospheric…….
Madame JoJos 
8-10 Brewer Street 
London, W1F 0SE
17 October 
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