SARASOTA — International cabaret star Meow Meow definitely charmed the audience during her first performance at the Ringling International Arts Festival on Thursday night.
Complete with tall red pumps, long red gloves, glittery eyelids and sparkly dresses, Meow Meow’s dazzling voice and comedic antics made for an lively evening of entertainment at the Mertz Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
“Hello Sarasota!” the entertainer told the packed house during her “Beyond Glamour: The Absinthe Tour.” “Don’t be frightened,” she said.
Her witty inner-diva shined from the moment she stepped on stage with her suitcase full of tricks. Singing a blend of 1960s French pop, Spanish and English tunes, she sashayed through the audience and, at one point, literally rolled along the stage floor as she sung. She draped herself across the piano for one song, and on another she sung laying on the shoulders of a few audience volunteers.
Meow Meow didn’t hesitate to make people laugh at her antics. She kept the audience on its toes wondering what shenanigans she would pull next. While she loves being in the spotlight — particularly deep red lights that she affectionately calls “political lighting” — she spent much of the evening sharing the stage with volunteers she pulled from the audience. It made the evening even more enjoyable.
The only thing that wasn’t as impressive was the “multimedia” segment of her show, where a film of one of her international performances was projected on her.
The skit seemed lost in translation.
But what stood out best were her rich vocals, which permeated every cabaret song she sang. Her show featured the strong musical stylings of Lance Horne on piano and Yair Evnine on cello.
The crowd — which couldn’t get enough of her voice — loved Meow Meow so much that she treated it to a dazzling encore, complete with more purrific hijinks.
January Holmes, features writer, can be reached at 745-7057.