Cherry on Top

Ian Huffam

A trio of red-dress-clad lounge singers take you through an a capella set of popular songs that have deep meaning for them, but in between the songs they squabble wittily over which song to sing next, how to introduce it (each girl has her own ideas), and which of them is the “leader” of the group. Sounds like a charming Fringe show, no? What if I told you it was in French?

If I haven’t scared you away yet, then go see Cherry on Top at Studio Léonard-Beaulne. There you’ll meet Élise, Nathalie, and Camille, three singers who will captivate you with their gorgeous harmonies no matter what language you speak. The songs are mostly familiar, but it’s an eclectic collection: Adele, Sean Kingston, “Changer” from the Quebec musical Don Juan, among others, as well as the best two: an absolutely charming rendition of the Angels’ “My Boyfriend’s Back” complete with ‘60s girl group dance moves, and a versatility-proving, heartbreaking cover of Gavin DeGraw’s “Stealing.”

As the song list indicates, the language barrier in this show is present maybe 30-40% of the time. The jokes are accessible even to those with only a basic understanding of French, and early on they even acknowledge it by playfully suggesting that you just laugh along with everyone else between songs.

Even if you don’t get the jokes, the quality of their lovely clear voices will stay with you and would work very well as a relaxing break in between the more cerebral shows on offer.

Any fear based on the unfamiliar (gasp! French theatre!) is totally unfounded; the girls are extremely friendly (in fact, younger men might want to think twice about sitting in the front row). If you’ve never seen a show in French before, go expand your horizons with this one while you can.

 

Upcoming Shows: (Venue #4: Studio Léonard-Beaulne)

 

June 23 @ 21:00

June 24 @ 21:00

June 26 @ 19:30

June 28 @ 11:00

June 29 @ 18:00