By Sara Wilson
The Millies bring their luscious harmonies, toe-tapping beats and witty lyrics to Langham Theatre for their Silver Belles show on Dec 15.
Their animated and engaging a-cappella performances deliver finger-popping swing that leaves audiences swooning.
As one member was “emerging through the coma of motherhood,” one was finding herself in a new city, and the other was redefining herself after a major career shift. All three women found themselves at the same jazz choir looking for a new way to express their creativity.
A year and a half later, The Millies materialized into the 1950s inspired singing troupe that’s not to be missed.
Local singers Lynda Raino, Elizabeth Adilman and Mollie Kaye wear their 1950s-era finery and show off their technical precision and musical depth.
“There’s something really amazing being part of this trio,” Kaye said. “I can be more of myself, and bring my qualities as a performer than I could if I was alone on stage.”
Gil Henry, a 40-year veteran producer at Langham Court Theatre, describes The Millies’ performances as “kind of like Ed Sullivan meets burlesque.”
“In many of the songs, there’s humour, and lots to laugh at. A few of the songs also have a kind of sultry sexiness to them, which is great fun,” he said. Their original arrangements are complex and tap into a nostalgic environment that keeps audiences coming back.
“We love that they are smiling from ear-to-ear, we love that they walk away wanting to come back,” Raino said. The Millies’ Silver Belles show will include a sock drive, where pairs of new, unworn socks will be collected in a fun, 50’s-style carnival-themed receptacle.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Langham Court Theatre or at www.themillies.ca