When you hear the name Lorna Luft, what do you think of? Paulette in the 1982 film Grease 2, the recent UK tour of The Judy Garland Songbook or perhaps just the fact that she a daughter of Judy Garland?
Back in London for a two week engagement at the Crazy Coqs Theatre, in the beautiful Brasserie Zédel in Piccadilly Circus, Lorna takes the audience through a selection of songs including hits that surprisingly never won academy awards (but deserved to) and songs that were cut from films (including a song that was replaced by A Spoonful of Sugar in Mary Poppins).
My Funny Valentine, The Lady Is A Tramp, Moon River and Puttin On The Ritz are just a few of the classic songs performed, intertwined with stories about her mother’s life. Lorna is a good storyteller, feeding the audience pieces of information about the icon that was Judy Garland.
Lorna talks openly about her recent battle with Breast Cancer (having had major surgery just 13 weeks ago) and the whole show has been brilliantly put together with mash-up’s of songs that must have taken a long time to learn. However, if she weren’t the daughter of Judy Garland, would she be any more than a pub singer? I fear not.
Audiences won’t be disappointed with this show because they will be able to say that they were sat ten feet from a piece of Judy Garland. It’s not often you get to say that! As for a performance though, it didn’t quite match up to the talents of Liza or Judy.
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Lorna Luft is playing at the Crazy Coqs until 5 December 2015. Click here to book tickets