Despite their 20th anniversary tour and West End transfer of One Last Flutter, which was billed as their “last-ever” show last autumn (See News, 30 Sep 2003), renowned all-female comedy singing trio Fascinating Aida are back in town this month. Their latest, Absolutely Fascinating, will preview at Pizza on the Park from tonight (4 November 2004) until 27 November ahead of an Off-Broadway transfer.

According to the group’s promotional material, “Given the recent pension scare, Fascinating Aida have in the last few months seen their small annuities plummet in value, and are now resigned to the fact that they will have to go on working until they are about 92. The group is, in many ways, the theatrical equivalent of St Pancras, and along with that marvellous old terminus, they keep escaping demolition.”

Absolutely Fascinating brings together favourite songs from the group’s 21-year history. Self-described as "a cross between Jacques Brel and the Andrews Sisters", Fascinating Aida are one of the UK's top theatre cabaret acts, garnering a host of awards and three Olivier Award nominations, including one for One Last Flutter.

Aida co-founders Adele Anderson and Dillie Keane are joined on stage in Absolutely Fascinating by group newcomer and soprano Liza Pulman as well as their long-time musical director Russell Churney. The new production is directed by Simon Green and produced by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel.

- by Terri Paddock