A Male Soprano

Running at just forty minutes, this play with songs is a little gem: a bit rough round the edges and lot of polishing may be required, but talent is on show and an endearing central performance by D.C. Harlock is at times captivating.

Harlock's show is in its early stages and he would benefit from a time slot earlier in the day, but he is charming, gifted and well worth seeing.

One suspects the piece is based very truthfully on Harlock's life story: that of discovering when his voice broke that he still had a soprano range. We are led through his personal life, featuring the girlfriends he has had and the jobs he has undertaken before hitting success as a leading role in the musical Chicago. It's a paper-thin story and if Harlock is to move forward with the piece, he may be wise to beef it up a bit, stretch the facts to make it a little more interesting, pick up the pace and work with a director to shape and extend it so that there is more storytelling and less reliance on stage blackouts to change time and scene. The piece could also benefit with accompaniment, which would put it on a new level.

Harlock wisely chooses not to rely solely on his soprano vocals. Other shows featuring male sopranos have made this mistake and an audience can turn off at the barrage of sound. With Harlock, you can appreciate his soprano range, but also clearly hear he has so much more to offer in other vocal ranges too. He is ably supported by Fie Holm, who plays all the women in his life.

Harlock's show is in its early stages and he would benefit from a time slot earlier in the day, but he is charming, gifted and well worth seeing. 

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The Blurb

An Aussie bloke that sings like a girl!? A fascinating story of a unique voice that can span the octaves. An honest tale with comedy and songs that must be seen and heard to be believed.