Review of Christina Bianco’s O Come All Ye Divas at Charing Cross Theatre

Christina Bianco

Christina Bianco – Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Christina Bianco has made audiences sit up and take notice over the years, garnering attention through her incredible ability to impersonate and entertain. From starting off with her YouTube channel, notching up a cool 23 million views, and going on to appear on high-profile shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, This Morning and Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2, she has often been referred to as ‘the girl of a thousand voices.’

Her hilarious one-woman show at The Charing Cross Theatre proves exactly why she deserves that title. From the very start, Christina is engaging and effervescent, and throughout the show, she looks diminutive and simply beautiful in a selection of stunning, sparkly gowns. The atmosphere in the intimate theatre space is warm, cosy and festive, with a giant Christmas tree set on the stage, and everybody from the on-stage band members to the audience is in good spirits.

Comedy is clearly Christina’s forte; she has the audience enraptured at all times and gleefully applauding her impressions of everybody from Adele to Shakira, from Julie Andrews to Bjork, from Christina Aguilera to Edith Piaf and Celine Dion.

Christina’s repertoire is slick and concise, and she seamlessly makes the transition between chatty, conversational anecdotes and belting out those full diva-esque power tunes.

Christina’s impersonations of these famous divas are just astounding. She announces who each person is meant to be beforehand, but to be honest the impressions are so accurate she really doesn’t need to. Some of the songs have been cleverly re-worked with Christina’s own personal comedy touches, and they totally work – the audience is thrilled throughout, laughing out loud and shouting out their appreciation. There is a sweet segment where Christmas crackers are thrown out into the audience and recipients are invited to pull them apart with a neighbour and read out the suggestions inside – some people have diva suggestions, some song suggestions. Christina then pairs these suggestions up and effortlessly creates something magical out of these spontaneous pairings, displaying what a talent she has for off-the- cuff artistry (Julie Andrews singing ‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J, anyone?!)

Joe Louis Robinson lends his talent and expertise to this cabaret-style gem of a show as musical director. Working in collaboration with Christina onstage, their real-life close friendship is evident throughout – both bounce off one another in a charming fashion, and during Christina’s costume changes Joe treats us all to glorious piano interludes.

All round a truly festive and uplifting evening, O Come All Ye Divas is certainly not to be missed – a perfect night of amazing talent to warm the hearts of even the coldest Grinch in the run up to Christmas!!

5 star rating

Review by Louise Czupich

Join Celine Dion, Adele, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Britney Spears & more of your favorite female vocalists, on stage together in the singular form of Christina Bianco!

A girl of a thousand voices, Bianco’s diverse repertoire spans from Edith Piaf to Ariana Grande. Through soaring vocals and jaw-dropping impressions, the show will feature classic renditions and unlikely interpretations of beloved holiday tunes. With hilarious sketches, interactive games, and a fabulous band, Christina will take you on a seasonal celebration like no other!

Broadway and West End performer Christina Bianco’s singular voice and comedic charm has brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her ‘diva’ impression videos, gaining over 23 million views. She has performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, This Morning and Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2.

Two-time Drama Desk Award nominee, Bianco made her West End debut in Forbidden Broadway at The Vaudeville Theatre. She has performed her critically acclaimed solo shows, Diva Moments and Party Of One, to sold out crowds in the US and the UK. She recently completed a 14 city UK tour, titled, Me Myself And Everyone Else, earning 5 star reviews across the country.

Christina Bianco’s O Come, All Ye Divas! at the Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NL
Booking to 7th January 2017

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