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SEEN reviews: Miss Hope Springs

SEEN had the great pleasure of seeing Miss Hope Springs at Wilton’s Music Hall – which is itself worth a visit. It’s an intimate venue, well suited to a cabaret show that boasts the sly humour and irony of a performer Like Miss Springs. The audience clearly knew her and welcomed her fulsomely to the stage, clad in a stunning outfit the colour of the sun for the first half and a slinky black catsuit for the second half, both sequinned, with a towering blonde ‘do’ (natural, of course) and dramatic makeup.

Her backing musicians The Hot Jazz Combo made good use of the stage behind her as Miss Springs and her piano dominated (in every sense) the theatre. Miss Springs took us on a marvellous musical odyssey, from her humble beginnings with her mother, exotic dancer Rusty Springs, to life in a Winnebago on the HomeBase car park, picking up strangers in bars for the odd re-painting job.

Miss Springs punctuated details of her tragic-comic life with truly show-stopping songs, ‘The Devil Made Me Do It” being this reviewer’s personal favourite. We even added a new word to our lexicon – the ‘closeanal’ (a combination of close personal). A quieter and more restrained performer than say, Dame Edna Everage, Miss Springs invites our sympathy but never our pity, somehow you just know that the show must and will go on, regardless of her husband’s antics with his ‘closeanal’ Carlos, or how many tens of albums she’s sold this year.

Miss Hope Springs has dignity that she’s not afraid to undermine, recognising that we all need our illusions to sustain us, and as long as we have great hair, fabulous makeup and eye-popping sequins, almost anything is possible. She’s soon to appear at the Vauxhall tavern. SEEN heartily recommends that you go and see her.