Interview: We chat to Liza Pulman about what it’s like to sing Streisand

As one third of the comedy vocal group Fascinating Aïda, Liza Pulman has gained a reputation for presenting exciting cabaret coupled with an exceptional vocal ability, writes Nicky Sweetland.

The group has gained high praise over the last decade for their insightful and irreverent performances, but are currently taking a break, which has enabled Pulman to embark on some extremely successful solo projects.

Last year the ultra talented singer thrilled audiences with her Songs of Hollywood show, but her new foray holds even greater challenges for the self-confessed film fanatic.

Liza is taking on the musical catalogue of the legendary Barbra Streisand and is under no illusion about the level of anticipation from fans.

Liza told me, “The repertoire is a challenge because it’s huge and it’s just me. You can’t do Barbra Streisand without doing some of those big songs. What is so lovely is the range of material that you can pick from and it’s what I really love to do.”

Liza grew up in a theatrical household – her mother is an actress and her father was a writer.

“My musical sensibilities have never been of my generation. I grew up singing music from the 20s, 30s and 40s and I had an act with my sister when we were little called the Pulman Sisters. We would sing close harmony at my parents theatrical parties.”

Like many performers, the icons from her childhood have hugely influenced Liza in her career, but it was with Streisand that she really found affinity.

“As I’ve got older as a singer, I’ve found that vocally we handle repertoire in a similar way.”

In her new show entitled simply Liza Sings Streisand, she has found there is even more similarity between her performance and that of the celebrated star of stage and screen.

“I realised quite quickly that she [Barbra Streisand] is absolutely wrapped up in the DNA of my musical life. What I love about her, as a singer is her bravery and her choices. She has an incredible ability to sing through a phase.”

A six-piece band accompanies Liza, ensuring there is an authentic richness to the sound.

Liza said, “It’s a night packed full of Streisand songs, so there’s a lot of great music and a lot of fun to be had. It’s a night of Joy.”

Ticket for the next few gigs at London’s Crazy Coqs Cabaret are virtually sold out, but you can catch Liza Sings Streisand at other venues around the country.

The show will also return to London in the autumn with engagements at both Cadogan Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall.

You can find all of the details on Liza’s website http://www.lizapulman.com

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