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Nina Kristofferson ‘Timeless’ at The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

There’s a place for shows where people go into detail about their personal lives, with lengthy introductions to each song and what it means to the person on stage. But Timeless isn’t that kind of performance – such tales and anecdotes would only take up precious singing time. Musical director Allan Rogers is kept busy, with a blend of recorded music and live piano that is almost bound to rankle purists who are intolerant of synthesisers. But the arrangements work well in this most eclectic of shows: the song choices range from Beyoncé (b. 1981) to Bach (1685-1750) and a wide selection of others in between.

Nina Kristofferson
Nina Kristofferson

This does, I appreciate, sound like a recipe for disaster, or, more pragmatically, the very essence of the phrase ‘jack of all trades and master of none’. But Nina Kristofferson’s vocal versatility is itself a specialism, soaring as it does during Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’ as much as it does during ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story. There was some fun to be had as Kristofferson threw clues at the audience before each number, in what wasn’t so much a game of ‘Guess Who?’ but ‘Guess What?’ – the audience’s collective knowledge of both classical and chart music meant I was able to sit back and let them throw their answers into the ring.

That said, I got my turn eventually. I’m guessing this was more of a concert crowd than a theatre one: your reviewer couldn’t help but intervene to clarify that there never was a musical about the life and career of Carole King called Tapestry (wonderful as King’s album of that name is), but there is one called Beautiful. There’s something about Kristofferson’s friendly and inviting stage presence that welcomes audience interaction – and we all had our pools of wisdom and knowledge. All I know about Adele’s back catalogue, for instance, is that it includes the title song on the soundtrack album for the James Bond film Skyfall – and no, that wasn’t what Kristofferson had on her setlist. She’d gone for ‘Someone Like You’, a worthy inclusion as it turns out.

Something for almost everyone, then, in this vastly varied evening. I say ‘almost’, if only because you might be a tad disappointed if you are into heavy metal and/or country and western. But the multifaceted and multilingual selection of songs is a wholly satisfying and uplifting experience. It’s often said there’s nothing quite like a live show, and this gloriously fun and engaging concert makes a strong case for that statement.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Monday 24th April 2023
The Pheasantry

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2 thoughts on “Nina Kristofferson ‘Timeless’ at The Pheasantry (Chelsea)”

  1. The vast range of Nina’s talents in both her singing and entertaining is so enchanting, and oh my, what a finale! Her rendition of Nessun Dorma was enough to give goosebumps to anyone! “Timeless”, to put quite simply, is a fun and entertaining show all around and one I’d recommend anyone to go to see!

  2. What a stunning performer Nina is. Again providing gold for the audience and her vocals and prowess! Go marvel at her next show if you can.

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