The Most Incredible Diva Of Them All
There are plenty of talented performers who can morph into a well-known celebrity and provide a night’s entertainment paying tribute to this larger-than-life personality. But nobody can do an endless raft of interchanging performers as well as the musical chameleon that is Christina Bianco!
Christina Bianco rose to instant fame with her cover of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ embodying a range of divas young and old from Julie Andrews to Britney Spears and even some Shakira. She has since let these divas out to cover a whole range of songs from the classic ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ through to the more recent, ‘Let It Go’.
Audience expectations are understandably pretty high after a viral video, but Christina flawlessly delivered a performance that was even more impressive than anything this audience had seen on YouTube.
Her show, DIVA MOMENTS, took the audience on a journey through divas of the musical theatre world, pop music world and even the acting world in a star-turn that was possibly the highlight of the night as she turned to Barbra Streisand’s My Passion For Design. Reading segments from this self-congratulatory memoir which takes fans through her turn as a designer for her Californian barn, Christina easily transitioned between Drew Barrymore, Kiera Knightley, Sofia Vergara and Barbra herself in a performance that would have you thinking these screen divas were standing on the stage in front of you. But the highlight of the night came from a rather less-known diva, as she embodied the rather distinctive style of Bubbles from Absolutely Fabulous who, after last night’s performance, must record the audiobook version of My Passion For Design.
This unexpected reading segment, while one of the highlights of the night, only captured a small part of the incredible talent that is Christina Bianco. The show predominantly brought to life her awe-inspiring YouTube presence live in front of the crowd.
Amongst the wide variety of musical theatre standards, the highlights included a performance of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ as both herself and Judy Garland, the Kristin Chenoweth battle between cutesy-soprano and operatic-master during her first Broadway diva moment in Steel Pier, and a new Australian section to her show where she not only took on our own Olivia Newton-John and Sia, but brought Babs Down Under for a – slightly edited – version of the famous Men at Work track. As well as her impersonations of Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone where she nailed not only their voices but also their iconic stage personas and even their unique facial expressions.
And I can’t leave out the performance of the Jessie J and Ariana Grande banger, ‘Bang Bang’, as both the pop divas and the, out of place, Julie Andrews which had the audience in stitches.
The incredible breadth of her performance ability was brought out in the Diva Megamix which saw her cover divas in rapid fire transformations nailing not only their voices but their stances and on-stage mannerisms. Especially impressing the audience with her true-to-life version of Shirley Bassey’s ‘Goldfinger’, Christina Aguilera’s opening riffs and ‘I Will Always Love You’ as both Dolly Parton and the later cover by Whitney Houston.
You wouldn’t expect a performer who looks destined to play the ingénue to house so many divas inside her, but one thing is for certain – she could out-diva any of the iconic performers she takes on!
Christina Bianco has one more show at The Alex Theatre, St. Kilda tonight before she heads up to Sydney for two shows at The Hayes Theatre on Sunday 12 March. WhileAdele might be in town, you get a lot more diva value for your money with Christina in this show that’s not to be missed!