Two time Drama Desk Award nominee Christina Bianco has landed Down Under, bringing with her an impressive repertoire of famous impersonations that make up her one-woman show, Diva Moments.

From the minute the show started, there was no denying Bianco’s incredible talent. Her expertly developed diva impressions have garnered over 23 million views on YouTube, so the hype surrounding her is to be expected, yet I can still safely say that she totally exceeds expectations. Never have I seen a performer quite as talented as Bianco.

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Bianco has the uncanny ability to impersonate practically ever diva who has ever walked the earth with such accuracy you’re bound to think it’s all a ruse. However, this isn’t the case – she’s just that good.

One of the standout impersonation medleys was her performance of Wind Beneath My Wings. Adopting the personas of Bette Middler, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Julie Andrews, Whitney Houston, Kristen Chenoweth and more, Bianco transitioned from character to character with ease and grace.

Whilst some people can find impressions to be offensive, Christina appeared sweet and sincere throughout the entire show and was quick to express nothing but love and admiration for the fantastic women she was imitating.

The audience roared with laughter every time Bianco would perform as an unlikely diva whose voice did not necessarily suit the nature of the song. One of the most hilarious moments was when Bianco sung Bang Bang, by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, as the great Dame Julie Andrews.

Although majority of Bianco’s work is humorous, she balanced it perfectly with more sombre notes, such as when she performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow as Judy Garland. This moment gave me goosebumps. Celebrating being in Australia, Bianco also paid tribute to Aussie artists such as Olivia Newton-John and Sia, incorporating these new voices into her already-strong set.

Diva Moments is not a show I will be forgetting any time soon. Christina Bianco must be applauded for her talent, well-honed wit and stunningly devised show.

Written by Jordan Briggs

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