"I Wanna Be Evil: The Eartha Kitt Story"

musicals and operas · n/a · Ages 10+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by VICTOR SOTOMAYOR

June 17, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Janelle’s performance is so dead on. She was born to play Eartha Kitt. There’s live music and when she sings, she really delivers.

What I didn't like

I had to tilt whenever she sat to talk to the host, I wished I sat in the front row. Maybe sitting on high chairs so that everybody could see Jenelle whenever she’s not singing… cause, trust me, you don’t want to look away

My overall impression

From her first appearance from the top of the stairs until the closing credits, Jenelle Lynn Randall embodies Eartha Kitt persona in such an electrifying way that I had to pinch myself to remind me I was watching a Fringe show rather than the multifaceted and outspoken artist that “made Lady Byrd cry” with her wit, her charm and her unspoiled gender. A tour de force in every way, Eartha Kitt will have you gagging but also reflecting on political and social issues that still exist in today, like they did in the 60’s and 70’s.

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