Performed by Milko Foucault-Larche and Corinne Andrew.
The Street Theatre Canberra – 27th November 2022
Mauritian-Australian entertainer, Milko Foucault-Larche has forged a formidable
International reputation performing around the world in spectacular revues and
French language cabaret. He now produces and presents his own shows and “Paris
After Dark” at the Street Theatre is his first foray into Canberra. Judging by the audience response to this
presentation, it won’t be his last.
with a penchant for French cabaret songs, “Paris After Dark” certainly
delivered what it promised. A cavalcade of popular French songs French cabaret
songs made famous by the likes of Edith Piaf, Gilbert Becaud, Yves Montand,
Charles Trenet and Josephine Baker delivered with panache by Foucault-Larche
and his glamorous associate artist, Parisian born singer/dancer Corinne Andrew.
|Corrine Andrew and Milko Foucault-Larche in a duet during "Paris After Dark.
Isabella Brown on Double Bass
lit, the Street Theatre stage had been transformed to suggest a French café. Two
small tables covered with check tablecloths helped create an inviting intimate
ambience, especially when one or other of the artists retired to them while the
other occupied the spotlight.
and Andrew set the tone with a wide ranging medley, accompanied by Nick
Bavarelli on keyboard and Isabella Brown on double bass, which left the
audience wondering whether there had been any French song left unsung.
were, plenty, and each was performed by the impeccably costumed artists bringing
their own unique take on a series of duets and solos, sung in both French and
English and preceded by a brief introduction explaining the origin of each song.
interesting to hear two songs made famous by Shirley Bassey, “It Must Be Him”
and “What Now My Love” sung as intended by their composer Gilbert Becaud by
Corinne Andrew and Milko Foucault- Larche . Then later, Josephine Baker’s haunting
“J’ai 2 Amours” interpreted by Andrew, and “Padam, Padam”, made famous by Edith
Piaf, stylishly performed by Foucault- Larche to the rousing accordion accompaniment
of Nick Bavarelli, who also contributed a delightful accordion medley in the
second half to which the audience spontaneously sang along.
|Nick Bavarelli (Keyboard) - Corinne Andrew - Milko Foucault-Larche - Isabella Brown (Double Bass) performing "Paris After Dark"
in an outstanding program were Andrew’s thrilling performance of the Cuban
tongue-twister, “Tico Tico”; and the real Parisian authenticity Foucault-Larche
brought to his renditions, especially the Charles Aznavour classics “She” and “La
Boheme”, the second of which he sang in duet with Andrew.
Foucalt-Larche has promised to bring more of his productions to the Street
Theatre in 2023. If you’re a lover of French cabaret the advice is book early
because Foucalt-Larche’s the real deal.
This review also published in AUSTRALIAN ARTS REVIEW. www.artsreview.com.au