Sprightly Petula Clark, with her clear, precise voice, is a whale of an entertainer. She's bright and friendly and very professional and has put together a smooth show with plenty of variety.
Looking gorgeous in a sparkly purple gown, she opens with a medley of her hits, moving easily into such numbers as "This Is My Song."
A delightful and important part of her show is "Friends," a group of four very appealing young men who dance and harmonize either with her or to cover for her costume changes. They arrive first in the usual "pearly costumes" of the Cockneys, and she appears in a tattery pair of pants to do this portion with them. It's all very lively and gay and a great deal of fun. She handles some clever patter about accents which leads into a medley of love songs from the 1940s. There is a chumming Bicentennial nod, handled with absolute finesse.
Her musical director, Harold Wheeler, has a chance to show his fine playing as he accompanies her with the ever popular "Feelings," and it moves on to the excellent closing number, "Baby Face," with Petula and Friends in juvenile outfits.
Stand-up comic Guy Marks is an audience pleaser in the opening slot, particularly with his impressions.