Pet Clark's zest puts some zing into tired show

Excerpted from the Toronto Star

By Robert Crew

The London Palladium Show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre is really two rather different shows in one.

The first is an aging variety show that has been keeping British audiences entertained for many a long year. The second is a concert by the ageless Petula Clark.

Pet Clark had a string of major hits in the 1960s, mainly Tony Hatch compositions like "Downtown," "Donít Sleep in the Subway" and "I Couldnít Live Without Your Love."

She was in tune with those happy times, celebrating the joys of love and conveying a genuine zest for living without ever slipping into sentimentality.

Those qualities were much in evidence on opening night. But this was more than a mere walk down memory lane, her act also contained several Stevie Wonder songs and a fine version of "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", from Evita.

The voice is still true and powerful, her commitment to her material is total. Her pert, friendly personality and some fine or orchestral accompaniment keeps the show bouncing agreeably along and you are left wanting just a littie bit more. Which is just as it should be.