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Ever wanted to see Doris Day perform live, ask Julie Andrews what she really thinks of her role as the eternal nanny, or see what Judy Garland was like backstage? Well look no further – Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas gives the Edinburgh crowd just that, bringing to life five of the greatest musical and movie leading ladies to have ever graced the stage and screen. Our three real life leading ladies treat us not only to a singalong, but to an evening of laugh out loud comedy and insights into the not-so-glamourous personal lives of the legendary divas they celebrate.

The combined talents of Clare Waugh, Gail Watson and Helen McAlpine are almost too big for the stage, each boasting an impressive set of vocals and managing to completely steal the limelight from their co-stars at one time or another. Watson, in particular, is impressive in her versatility, channelling a vice-abusing Judy Garland at the opening and closing the show with a convincing Dolly Parton. There’s an electric chemistry present between the three on stage, allowing the comedy to flow freely amidst the hairspray and divorced husbands. They say there’s no business like show business, and director Morag Fullarton definitely channels that in this show, in both the glamour that we would expect and the back stage heartache and personal dramas that we wouldn’t. It’s a refreshing take on the usual cabaret singalong, with real substance behind the superficial showbiz façade.

So, if you’re a fan of all things musical and cabaret and have a penchant for old Broadway, Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas won’t disappoint. After all, where else are you going to get to see Judy Garland and Dolly Parton grace the same stage?

Words: Emily Hay

Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas, Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, Aug 2-28 (not 14, 21), 8.45pm

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