On my wander around the streets of Benidorm this week, I popped into the Tower Lounge on Calle Gerona and witnessed a very funny and unique show by Eric Lovaine.
ANDREA McCORMACK MADONNA TRIBUTE & JUST A GIRL SHOW
A Review by Nigel Turner
The first show I witnessed was the ‘Just a Girl’ show where Andrea sang hits from many of the female artists who have topped the charts over past 40 years or so including Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark. My second visit was to see the Madonna tribute act which lasts just over one hour and includes no fewer that three costume changes. Most of the songs performed where taken from the ‘Like a Virgin’ and ‘Blonde Ambition’ tours. I thought Andrea put a lot into the shows and was well received by the packed crowd. The costumes she wore were very authentic and it was obvious she had took the time and expense to get every little detail spot on. Andrea moved to the Costa Blanca from the UK a little over a year ago and has been involved in the entertainment industry for well over 15 years. She was on the ‘gig’ circuit in England as a solo artiste and also worked with a Band named Small Mercy. The two shows I saw were very good and the sound was excellently controlled by her fiancé, Rick. If you like Madonna’s early stuff then you will love this likewise if you are into female artistes of the 60’s 70’s & 80’s then the Just a Girl show is for you.
For this week’s Benidorm Focus I went twice to see Andrea McCormack perform two separate shows. The venue on both occasions was Tiara’s Show Bar situated on Calle San Vincente in the heart of Benidorm’s Old Town.
Eric’s show is almost a stroll down memory lane as he incorporates slapstick comedy, a type not seen too often these days and together with perfect timing made for a superb evening. From the moment Eric took to the stage, the capacity audience warmed to him and to be honest it is hard not to like this funny man who involved the audience for the whole hour which he performed. The props were plentiful and varied, each one used to great effect which at times had the crowd hysterical with laughter. The highlight of the show for me was the impersonation of Sir Norman Wisdom. I have seen a few comics try to emulate Norman’s style but none so good as this one, every characteristic and movement had been carefully scrutinised and it was obvious it was a well rehearsed part of the act. Originally from Plymouth, Eric moved to the Costa Blanca a little over a year ago and straight away found work for his act which is a far cry from his profession in the UK where he worked as a builder specialising in carpentry and joinery. There is also another show Eric performs entitled Bobby Sox where he sings songs from the swing era including numbers by Bobby Darin, Matt Monroe and of course the governor, Frank Sinatra.
I can honestly say I came away from the show with a smile on my face having thoroughly enjoyed watching this very talented man.