Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Kitty’s Bound for Broadway, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.
Kitty Adler is in her fifties, the kids have moved out and her husband’s moved on. She’s left with little but her dreams of the stage – Kitty writes plays and has always wanted to perform one on Broadway. She’s taken acting lessons and learned to dance, but she’s a long way from the Great White Way. Then one day she’s summoned to New York, for the finals of a contest she’s been submitting work to for years. Can she summon up the courage to get out there and expose herself?
There’s a lot of performer Kerry Miller in Kitty. The Canadian retired from a government job, packed up her dreams and has brought her one-woman show to the Fringe. Knowing this going in is inspiring enough, but hearing Kitty’s words, seeing her face her fears and just go for it, well, it makes a person want to get out there and conquer the world.
Miller is a likeable presence, drawing the audience in with sincerity. While her songs aren’t likely to win awards, they’re pleasant, smart pieces that move the story along nicely. If there’s no place for sweetness on the Fringe, I’d rather be somewhere else. Broadway…
The Space @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53) until 29 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 17 August 2015
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