Review: Liza Pulman Sings Streisand, Lyric Theatre
“A unique jazz twist on Streisand’s back catalogue”
Streisand is considered to be one of the greatest ‘divas’ of all time. With a multitude of allocates and a fifty-plus year career behind her, it takes a very notorious person to headline a tribute show in the name of Ms. Streisand, but also to make it completely their own. Liza Pulman (previously known for fascinating Aida and Liza Pulman Sings Hollywood) has been touring her Streisand-sparkled cabaret for a while now and has received a collection of praise for her showcase. With a 5-piece band, a single chair and the woman herself, Liza singing the songs of Streisand is an easy pleaser for lovers of the renowned diva, but also Pulman.
Liza Pulman Sings Streisand is not a musical, nor is it impersonation show or a particularly informative cabaret. What it is, is a well-curated tribute show sung by the former opera singer, Pulman, who puts a unique jazz twist on Streisand’s back catalogue along with her musical director, Joseph Atkins.
Their renditions of ‘My Man’ and ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ are a particular highlight.
Pulman is a phenomenal performer and holds the professionalism of an old-time pro. Though, as impressive as this is and rare to find nowadays, some parts of the show seem a little ‘too polished’. The dialogue in between songs sound just well-rehearsed rather than a relaxed conversation with her audience. Some songs, particular the ballads in the first half, lacked some vulnerability. I am impressed by Pulman but it took me a while to warm to her. The second act shows to be a little more relaxed and fun and it ends of lovely rendition of ‘People’.
Liza Pulman Sings Streisand is still a perfectly pleasant evening. Happy days are indeed here again!
RATING: 3.5 out of 5.