Miss Kiddy may have been a cabaret hit since 2016, but Miss Kiddy’s Big Cover Up takes it all the way back to the 1940s. Joined by Lil’ Kiddy and the Cads, her soul full of jazz reimagines hits from the past several decades live in theSpace @ Niddry Street (lower).
The gang abridges pop classics that cover everything from (not) being dirtbags to being all about that bass. Their duds are inspired by the period, honouring old Hollywood, film noir, and pin-up girl fashion. Between the music, outfits and old-timey jokes, the vintage references create a composition that is rich, harmonious, and immensely fun.
Advertised as a “musical heist”, the jazz troupe dare to take the audience’s hearts as well. Miss Kiddy’s powerful voice blends jazz with a dash of musical theatre. Her demeanour is sweet and alluring as she skilfully weaves the songs together into a flowing performance through delightful spoken segues. She is joined by partner in crime Lil’ Kiddy, whose beaming tap solos hit at the most welcome moments.
The Cads provide the musical accompaniment, and their squabbles and interjections are as rhythmic as the music. Each of them carries a different vibe, but even the stone-faced undertaker on the double bass emanates a joyful energy. Everyone performing in Miss Kiddy’s Big Cover Up clearly loves what they do, and their music feels like a joyful part of who they are.
It is completely understandable why simple lighting is used, although some technical elements might have added an extra kick to the performance to keep the action consistently stimulating. But Miss Kiddy and the crew know how to entertain a crowd, and the audience cannot help but sing, dance and scat along to their high-spirited anthems.