Theatre; from Legs 11 to Julie London

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Theatre; from Legs 11 to Julie London


ETERNALLY-beautiful chanteuse Rhonda Burchmore is taking a break from her successful Legs 11 show to debut her latest project Cry Me A River: The World of Julie London.

The new show premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse last night, and delves into the life of one of America's most mysterious sirens.

With her pin-up girl sex appeal, Julie London's posters were prized by GIs during the Second World War.

London's musical career spanned from the 1950s, when she was named Billboard's most popular female vocalist from 1955 to 1957, through to the 70s when she had a starring role on the popular medical drama Emergency!

But it was her sultry, smoky voice that London was renowned for across more than 30 albums and 20 movies.

aIt's a mammoth task,a Burchmore says.

aShe had something like 32 albums, so there's quite a lot of material, 30-odd songs have been peppered throughout the show.

aIt's a really big project to deliver with conviction, vocally and all of that, in a one-woman show.a

A pilot version debuted at least year's Adelaide Cabaret Festival and after sell-out shows and rave reviews, it was picked up by producers Bold Jack for a fullconcert show. …

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