“For the full power of Simone's material to be unlocked Schouw had to fleck those more feverish emotions with a profound sense of vulnerability, and this she did with such conviction that you felt it in your very marrow.” John Shand
“In a voice like dark chocolate, she wrapped vulnerability around a core of steel, her performance culminating in the bitterness, resilience and tragedy of the title song.” Sydney Morning Herald
AFTER FOUR SOLD OUT SHOWS AT THE CAMELOT LOUNGE IN 2017
THE OTHER WOMAN - THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF NINA SIMONE RETURNS
Sixty years after Nina Simone first recorded ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ during a mammoth 13-hour recording session at New York’s Bethlehem records, the acclaimed one-woman show ‘The Other Woman – The Life and Music of Nina Simone’ returns to Sydney’s Camelot Lounge.
Written and performed by former Girl Overboard frontwoman Lisa Schouw, The Other Woman weaves together Simone’s best-loved songs shining a new light on the legendary singer’s celebrated but troubled life. Schouw, together with Musical Director Peter Bailey, lovingly unwraps the layers to reveal Simone’s finest and darkest hours.
Arts critic John Shand wrote of the show that Schouw “immediately establishing that she understood there can be no pretending when conjuring up the spirit of Simone. This had to be about baring the truth, as raw, furious and impassioned as that might be. For the full power of Simone's material to be unlocked, however, Schouw also had to fleck those more feverish emotions with a profound sense of vulnerability, and this she did with such conviction that you felt it in your very marrow.”
He went on to say that, Schouw “sang House of the Rising Sun so slowly that each phrase acquired added meaning, as if weighed with original sin. While commanding and prowling the stage she deployed phrasing and dynamics with the skill of a great actress, so she could spear us on a word in The Other Woman, blast us with the too-brief squall that was Wild Is the Wind, or drown us in the torrential sentiments of Don't Smoke in Bed and Four Women.”
Expect to hear classics such as My Baby Just Cares For Me, House of the Rising Sun, I Loves You Porgy and Four Women. And expect to come away from The Other Woman knowing and feeling things about Simone that you may never have known or felt before.
High praise for The Other Woman and Lisa Schouw
“Fans of Nina Simone – and everyone else – should let Lisa Schouw put her spell on them. The songs and stories are lovingly and seamlessly integrated, and, just as Simone herself will not soon be forgotten, nor will Schouw’s sumptuously-rich voice.” Sydney Morning Herald
“…the highly expressive range and style is not easy to carry off, but Schouw slips into the role effortlessly, adding dramatic interpretations of her own.” The Adelaide Advertiser