Divas and Diamonds Show Wows Tauranga

24 July 2022, Baycourt X-Space Theatre.

Barbie Davidson and Glyn Tucker put on a wonderful show of nostalgia and high-class entertainment to a full house.

The show was billed as the “songs of your life”, and if you were a fan of the popular music of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. then you could not have been disappointed.

From the opening “Overture” and into Neil Diamond’s “Crunchie Granola Suite” Glyn & Barbie took the audience on a magical journey, back to the days of their youth.

Covering the great songs made famous by Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, and Shirley Bassey, Barbie showed her incredible vocal versatility, along with the personality and class of the show person that she is. Her full costumes (complete with wigs) were stunning and authentic in representing each artiste’s persona.

Glyn had the audience with him right from the start, with his added stories about the singers, the songs, and the songwriters. His rendition of Neil Diamond’s “September Morn” was outstanding, along with songs of Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Gene Pitney, and Glen Campbell.

Highlights were, the Streisand/Diamond duet, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, a heart-wrenching ballad that Glyn & Barbie absolutely nailed, and the big finale featuring Barbie, singing Bassey’s “Goldfinger”, and “I Who Have Nothing”.

The two-hour show flew by so quickly, it seemed all too soon when it ended.

Judging from the audience’s reaction, with two encores and a standing ovation, Divas & Diamonds proved to be a show of pure (old-fashioned) entertainment.

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