It is not often that you expect a line up of Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Cheryl Cole, Florence and the Machine, Bernadette Peters, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Victoria Beckham, Madonna and – of course – Dora the Explorer. In Christina Bianco’s company, however, this is just a taste of the artists you can expect.
Bianco may have shot to fame for her YouTube impressions, but she appears to have become more confident as a performer in her own right when she takes to the stage in Party of One. Although still packed full of impersonations, Bianco takes the audience on a far more intimate journey than she has previously dared, sharing the meanings and stories behind her impressions.
If you came for Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth or Liza Minnelli, however, you will not be disappointed. Her regular acts are all present and correct, but Bianco also fills the show with an A to Z of artists, bringing more impersonations than ever before. A bit of rap to Iggy Azalea, anyone?
Her bubbly personality had the audience laughing just as much as her impressions did, but it was the moments of sheer vocal talent that brought the biggest applause. Bianco’s rendition of Defying Gravity was incredible – perhaps she has heard of the upcoming West End vacancy? – and I Will Always Love You followed by My Heart Will Go On floored the crowd.
The show was also brightened by a small Disney section, because thankfully Bianco loves Disney as much as the rest of us. She shared her audition song for Dora the Explorer Live – Colours of the Wind (in Spanish, of course) – and followed it up with When You Wish Upon A Star, A Spoonful of Sugar and, of course, the current favourite Let It Go.
In a nod to the YouTube video of Total Eclipse Of The Heart that helped her find her fame with her quick succession of 19 impersonations, Bianco goes not one, but 11, better and fills Forget You with an impressive – if I counted correctly – 30 voices.
To say this woman could not get more talented would most likely be a mistake, because if this show is anything to go by then she will no doubt have an even larger array of impressions next time.
– Christina Bianco performed Party of One at the Hippodrome Casino. You can read our interview with her here.