Carlotta is a house-hold name. A living legend. And her life has been colorful. Glittery colorful.
Transgender Showgirl, Australian icon, political activist, showbiz royalty and tv star, Carlotta has lived a very extraordinary life and she packs a hell of a lot of it into her new show ‘Queen of the Cross’.
Carlotta sings her way through this hour long show and captivates the audience effortlessly as she cleverly weaves her personal stories between the wonderfully selected songs. Accompanied by Adelaide’s very own boy wonder, Michael Griffiths, she whips through the catalogue of classics by Berlin, Rogers & Hart, Sondheim and her dear friend Peter Allen. The ‘Peter’ section of the show a particular crowd favorite, as Carlotta whisks off to do a change, Michael takes centre stage and introduces a wonderful mega-mix of Allens greatest hits starting off with the appropriate ‘Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage’. It climaxs with the pair belting out ‘I Still Call Australia Home’. Delightful.
Carlotta’s stage presence is undeniable. She emits a care free quality, a been there, done that approach and spares us no airs and graces – all wrapped up in stunning sequined gowns. It is her honesty that has her public connect with her. We hear stories from the old days, when things were tough, through to her TV work. It is when she speaks of acceptance and equality that the night gets emotive and has the audience seeing her heart. This is a lady that does not hold back and gives it all, heart & soul.
She teases us that this show could be the last, but judging by the audience, I don’t think we have seen the last of her just yet. And as her last song of the night goes… ‘I’m Still Here’!