Quite simply, a treat.
An awful lot of great songs. A love (or anti-love) story to hang them on. The wonderful Caroline Parker bringing it all to life.
Parker plays Susan Graves, an undertaker who discovers, through signing a song at a funeral, that there is a butterfly inside her yearning to be born: Tammy Frascati, cabaret artiste.
Go and see this show if you want to hear a stack of great songs from Ella, Dusty, Gloria and their sisters. See it also if you want to have a laugh or five, shed a tear or two, have a bit of a sing-along and go home happy.
And if you are looking for an archetypal story of how a diva or torch singer is made you won’t go wrong either.
Signs of a Star Shaped Diva is showing at the Royal Exchange Theatre until 22 May. Details here.