FRINGE REVIEW – Lili La Scala: Songs to Make You Smile


Accompanied by a lone pianist, Lili La Scala looks every inch the retro pin-up star in her blue sparkly dress and impeccable makeup. And, once she opens her mouth to sing this charming collection of bygone classics and rarities, she proves she also has a voice to match the look.

Explaining that she only sings songs for which she can track down the sheet music, she presents a heartwarming set of songs which live up to the show title: invoking smiles of recognition for numbers like Makin’ Whoopee and a beautiful rendition of Over The Rainbow; and smiles of amusement for some of the lesser-known ditties, including comic songs about oysters wishing for a taste of the high life and lambs professing their love for each other no matter whose table they end up on.

Lili’s vocal talents are impressive and a joy to witness. With superb control and breathing, she demonstrates a range which can hit the low notes as well as her speciality soprano voice, which soars to the top of the Bosco tent and whisks everyone back to a time when these songs were the chart-toppers of the day.

Making light of the rain beating down on the canvas roof, Lili La Scala is a captivating and heavenly performer – with the looks of a star and the voice of an angel. And her songs not only make you smile, but fill your heart with such warmth and light that the weather outside is easy to ignore.

Lili La Scala: Songs To Make You Smile runs until Aug 28 (not 22) at 17:00 in Assembly George Square Gardens. More details here.

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