Olivia Newton John Live At The Sydney Opera House (2007)


Cast: Olivia Newton John, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Rating: G.

Run time: 93 mins..

Genre: Music.

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

Very hard to believe Olivia Newton-John will blow out 60 candles on her birthday cake in 2008 - she looks and sounds fantastic.

OK, her voice has always been a bit of an acquired taste. It's light and not particularly powerful. But the arrangements here, with four back-up singers, help fill out the songs. And her gossamer solo voice is perfect for the enchanting I Honestly Love You.

After a bit of a slow start, the energy picks up in Xanadu, and the country flavoured songs If Not For You, Let Me Be There and Jolene work nicely.

The 27-song set includes all her big hits, among them You're The One That I Want and Hopelessly Devoted To You from the movie Grease.

Also outstanding is her fresh take on the breathy, sensual Physical. And Newton-John and her singers have some great fun with Summer Nights, also from Grease. I did notice the audience was a tad restrained and lacked energy - surely this polished set was worth a standing ovation?

The sound is full and clear and the picture is excellent - how come she has so few wrinkles when she insists she hasn't had plastic surgery?

While there are no extra features - an interview would have been nice - the DVD does include some brief scenes between songs of Newton John revisiting places where she grew up in Sydney. There's also a nice photo album of highlights from Newton-John's life with the closing credits.




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