REVIEW: VELMA CELLI (The Pheasantry)

thumbnail_IMG_0026Velma Celli is a well known name on the theatre scene. The alter-ego of West End performer Ian Stroughair (Rent/Chicago), the character of Velma has been developed over the years as a high class cabaret drag act.

As part of last weekend’s Gay Pride celebrations, Velma played a one-off show at Chelsea’s Pheasantry Theatre and brought the house down, leaving audience members giggling whilst also in awe of her vocal ability and stage presents.

Asking fans on Twitter what songs they would like to hear at the show, Velma belted out well loved classics from her cabaret shows, ranging from Lady Gaga’s ‘Marry The Night’ all the way through to her own Chicago inspired rewrite of ‘Roxie’ appropriately changed to ‘Velma’.

In the wake of the shock Brexit vote the previous day, Velma Celli raised the spirits of the packed out crowd with her quick-witted humour and even some celebrity singing impressions (that she learnt whilst performing with YouTube sensation Christina Bianco in their show Divallusion back in 2014). Supported by London based jazz vocal duo Jackson & George the night went down a storm with a mixture of musical styles and jazzy interludes.

Velma Celli is one name that should be on everybody’s lips. If you haven’t seen her perform then check her out!

Reviewed by West End Wilma

You can see Velma Celli next at The Ivy Club on 2 July 2016. Follow her on Twitter @VelmaCelli for more dates where you can catch this brilliant show.