June 30, 1976

This is Petula Clark's first Nugget date, her act perfect for the rather homespun clientele of the cordial Celebrity Room. It is packed with good vocals and a little production augmented by her four male "Friends." These dancers look so unlike the usual line, their immense talent is all the more pleasing. The disparate looks jell into a top-notch movement unit that fits in tight places around and behind standing mikes, and works with incredible polish. They do far more than just enhance.

The English music hall turn is wisely retained but would make a far better closer than the new "Baby Face," a fun routine with the boys as boys and Clark as a little girl obviously becoming more than that. It's good for the middle but a weak closer. Besides, such a move would move Friends' "Eleanor Rigby" to a well-deserved better spot.

Clark chats some, zinging the country's birthday, or rather the colonies' birthday. Don Conn, who surely remembers his orchestra backing Clark in the earlier stages of her career atop Harold's Club, turns over his orchestra to Harold Wheeler.

Hollywood Reporter
July 1, 1976

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.