The Greatest Love of All
Whitney Houston is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Rocketing into international fame with the hits ‘How Will I Know’, ‘Greatest Love of All’ and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, it was her 1992 release which garnered worldwide number ones with ‘I Will Always Love You’. Despite her godly status in the music industry, the world was shocked by her passing in 2012, but now Belinda Davids is bring her legacy back to the stage every night in The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show.
Siting in the audience of the Athenaeum, you would be forgiven for thinking Whitney Houston was on the stage in front of you.
Belinda Davids has the unenviable task of bringing this musical legend back to the stage every night as she performs Whitney’s great catalogue of hits. But she does the legacy justice. Capturing every nuance of her voice and her electric stage presence, Belinda Davids performs power ballad after power ballad with an unwavering four-octave voice and incredible vocal prowess. While her performances of ‘How Will I Know’ and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ blew the roof off the theatre, it was ‘I Have Nothing’ which blew away the crowd.
Bringing in a video screen behind her, Belinda Davids performed ‘I Have Nothing’ to a video of Whitney Houston’s own performance at the Billboard Music Awards wearing the same dress and capturing every movement and vocal nuance in her original performance. And her uncanny embodiment of the star earned her a well-deserved standing ovation (and the first of many).
This style of tribute show is incredibly difficult to pull off. The audience come with their memories of the star and have incredibly high expectations for the performers to match the original legend. But Belinda Davids, and her phenomenal band and dancers, certainly managed to do just that taking this show all around the world. The audience got on their feet and danced in the aisles, sang along to the legendary songs and were transported back to many of their own memories with Whitney Houston.
Special mention must also be made of the band comprising musicians from across the globe reimagining the classic hits into arrangements which would continue to dominate the charts today as well as her four back up dancers bringing the energy from her iconic music videos back to the stage with a bit of rapping as well!
This is the show for any fan of Whitney Houston. While you may not be able to see the musical legend perform again, Belinda Davids’ performance is worthy of Whitney’s legacy and will transport the audience back to when Whitney was at her peak blowing crowds away with her voice and moving them with her music.
The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show has been extended due to popular demand and will play the Athenaeum until May 30th. For more information and to get your tickets before they sell out to all the Whitney Houston fans in Melbourne, visit thegreatestloveofall.com.au