Want a show that takes you on a seamless journey across the Atlantic to New York of the roaring 1920s from the renaissance of jazz after the Great War right through to the Great Depression and the Wall Street Crash then this is it! Entertainment on a level to be expected by a Scottish singer whose previous shows at the Fringe gained her The Spirit of the Fringe Award in 2017.
Props included a glass of martini, a bottle of bourbon and a red feather boa whilst adorning lace, devore, pearls, jewelled bangles, sequins, tassels, fringes; everything you would expect from a flapper girl of the era. As F.Scott Fitzgerald would say “she was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved” and Christine very obviously loves to sing and tell a story with her honey toned voice and deep blue eyes.
There were tales of prohibition, emancipation, the introduction of the toaster and radio, the popularity of cinema, the Ku Klux Klan, The Cotton Club, speakeasies, jazz in Haarlem , the adventures of Charles Lindebergh, Charlie Chaplin, Dorothy Parker, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker, Alphonse Capone and not least the “Man with the Green Hat”.
Standards of the decade by composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern included Fascinating Rhythm, Let’s Do It, Putting on the Ritz, Blue Skies, Ol Man River, Bye Bye Blackbird, Smile and How Long Has This Been Going On? and were interspersed with It All Depends on You, Let’s Misbehave, The Alcoholic Blues, If I Had A Talking Picture of You, Brother Can You Spare a Dime?, Wicky Wacky Woo, Yes, We Have No Bananas and were all sandwiched between her moving rendition of the title of the show by Lee David.
Accompanied on Keyboards by Michael Brawley with his closing vocal backing harmonies and alternately on Double Bass and Violin by Charlie Stewart (BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician of the Year 2017) who undoubtedly seems to have more strings to his bows when it comes to genres of performance.
The debut performance of Tonight You Belong to Me displayed no nerves and was enjoyed by an appreciative audience of Christine’s perfect diction and captivating expression of the lyrics sung with honest emotion.
Photo courtesy of Kris Kesiak
You can see Christine Bovill: Tonight You Belong To Me at The Stand’s New Town Theatre until 25th August at 19:10. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com