MICKEY & JUDY by Michael Hughes. Jul 14 at 1:45 pm, Jul 17 at 3:30 pm. Tarragon Extra Space. See listing. Rating: NNNNN
Say hello to the next Michael Bublé. Michael Hughes's show is a well-honed cabaret act with Hughes's life story linking his tremendous performances of 15 famous show tunes. With much humour he tells how his parents tried to cure him of cross-dressing and his obsession with Judy Garland by sending him to the Clarke Institute. Only when he engineers a trip to New York City does he discover there are other people as mad about musicals as he is.
Hughes has a unique combination of charisma and complete lack of pretence. He makes each song, no matter how well known, into a personal expression of emotion. His passion makes all the old standards sound brand new.