West End Wilma’s 2015 Rising Star award winner Evelyn Hoskins has been living up to her title in the past year, being critically acclaimed for playing the title role in Carrie the Musical at Southwark Playhouse, appearing in The Sound of Music Live on ITV and now in her one woman show ‘There Was A Little Girl’ directed by legendary performer Frances Ruffelle. Oh, and next week she’s off to New York to peroform in a play that’s going all the way to Broadway (well, off-broadway but its close enough).
There Was A Little Girl isn’t your usual type of cabaret where a performer sings some songs and tells a few stories. Evelyn takes the audience on a trip down memory lane about what it’s like to grow up. From ‘When I Grow Up’ from Matilda, to ‘You Are Sixteen’ from The Sound of Music, songs are intelligently selected to fit within the story that is being told. An on stage costume change sees the transformation from little girl to grown woman, donning makeup and high heels to look the part.
Special guest duets came from Sam Lupton and Jon Tarcy, who recently starred alongside Evelyn in The Sound of Music Live and there was even a little duet with Director Frances Ruffelle of the Cyndi Lauper classic ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’.
Evelyn Hoskins may have spent most of her adult years so far playing the roles of children but she has blossomed into a beautiful and talented young lady who has a big future ahead of her. I hope this well crafted cabaret show will be seen again once she returns from Broadway! My only criticism is that it wasn’t long enough!
Reviewed by West End Wilma