Cherry on Top is Les Cherries’ English debut show after many years as a successful Francophone act.
Should you see it?
Cherry on Top is a family-friendly, light show focusing on a cappella arrangements of hit songs with gleeful teasing and jokes being shared between songs. It is an adorable show, not least of all because of its adorable performers. Judging by their marketing, Les Cherries are counting on audience members coming to see beautiful women being sassy and, in my opinion, that’s as valid a reason to see a show as any other. But it’s not their good looks that sells their performance, it’s their personalities. Bubbly, flirtatious, and always upbeat, these girls play the traditional trio of “Sexy One”, “Silly One”, and “Smart One” in a way that’s fresh and fun (and French), if a little cliche. Yes, they were predictable but in the same way romantic comedies or Disney movies are predictable: you enjoy it anyway, or you enjoy it partially because of their familiarity.
My only problem with their between song banter is that they felt unnecessary and at times a little too scripted or forced. Perhaps with some more shows under their belt, this trio will find their own rhythm and become more comfortable in their roles. Or maybe they should just drop the act and be themselves. Having spoken to them before their show, I can tell you that all three women are charming and intelligent and just as bubbly and fun without the facade of Spice Girls-esque stereotypes.
While there’s nothing wrong with the bit (it’s cute even in its weaker moments), it just doesn’t add anything to the show. Their singing, for me, is what sells the show. Their melodies are just about perfect, their arrangements are unique and exciting (I particularly liked their version of Mike Posner’s Cooler than Me), and their performances are beautiful if at times a little sedate. This was one of only a handful of shows where I wanted to take a little piece home with me and I know these girls will be big stars in a few years if they keep this up.
Les Cherries’ Cherry on Top makes for perfect easy listening. Not to mention they’re funny, charming and cute. The ladies harmonize well and have beautiful voices, singing in both French and English so even if you’re a unilingual anglophone, your ears will enjoy themselves.
Their songs were intercut with mini-sketches that played well on their distinct personalities – which usually saw Nathalie and Camille teaming up on Élise, de facto leader of the group – and kept things moving at a good flow.
The ladies know how to play to their strengths of singing, cutesy humour, and being themselves, that make for a charming and easy-going hour. An especially great fit for a many show day or when you want to just relax and enjoy.
What did you think of Cherry on Top? What was your favourite song? Did you have a favourite “character”? Were you impressed with the a cappella style or were you expecting something sleaker… like maybe something with beatboxing? Join the discussion in the comments below.