Storm Large - Crazy Enough
A musical memoir with bawdy tales
This article is from 2010.
Storm Large is absolutely gorgeous, what with her mile-long legs, blonde locks and cherubic face. But I think she expects us to be shocked with all her talk about fisting. The American rock chick will learn that Fringe audiences have a high capacity for smut and they’ll need it to cope with the sexual frankness in Storm Large’s musical memoir. After a difficult childhood and a period of drug-use, Large turned to music, fronting various bands and releasing several albums until TV reality show Rock Star: Supernova and a spell in Cabaret opened up her acting choices.
Crazy Enough runs like an Off-Broadway musical. The generous number of songs are culled from recent albums with some covers thrown in, rock-flavoured and melodic with cleanly delivered filthy lyrics. She’s in her element when rocking the stage, with a soulful, versatile voice and a hard-as-nails persona. She hits the comedy notes too, joining the dots between songs with potty-mouthed tales of tragedy and misadventure countered with a fierce vindication of her life.
It’s a polished affair as Large rarely deviates from the script. With a full band and amps cranked high, the concert vibe and slick production negate the possibility of an intimate confessional. It seems strange to criticise a show for being too professional, but thankfully the entertainment doesn’t suffer; on the night of the review the audience enjoyed it enough to bestow a standing ovation. Large advocates a ‘fuck ‘em all’ attitude but after climaxing the show with a barnstorming number she dedicates a lullaby to her late mother. A beautiful song, it wraps up the narrative nicely but plays into the conventions Large has just denounced. It seems the shock rocker doesn’t want to offend after all.
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