Michael Griffiths: Songs by Kylie
Cabaret and Variety
Assembly George Square Theatre – The Bubble
Aug 5th to 26th (Not 13th)
**** 4 Stars
For the 6th Fringe in a row, the darling of Australia’s Cabaret scene returns to the capital inhabiting the life of another legendary pop-star. Following his critically acclaimed performances as Annie Lennox, Madonna and Cole Porter the utterly charming Griffiths sets his sights on the pop princess herself Kylie Minogue.
Performed in the intimate surroundings of the Bubble behind George Square Theatre this is truly a capturing and often moving hour of cabaret that takes us inside the life of the most popular pop singer to come from down under.
Kylie’s journey from star of “Neighbours” to global star is littered with many highs but also deep lows, and Michael covers them in a very tender away especially looking at her dream of children that never came true and the many loves in her life including INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and of course Jason Donovan.
The staging of the Kylie and Jason duet “Especially for you” is a moment of comic brilliance as Griffiths pulls an unsuspecting and gorgeous hunk of man up from the front row who throws himself into the part with aplomb.
Comedy is to the fore for much of the performance as Griffiths moves back and forth from behind the keyboard and makes a warm connection with the audience a warmth that is strong that when he does fluff his lines a little the audience instantly forgives him, it truly is charming.
Charming is an apt word for this production, from a unique performer with a honey lilt to his voice who clearly enjoys entertaining and has taken the time to craft a performance that not only pays tribute to his star but also warmly embraces her legacy. This show is truly what the fringe spirit is all about and makes it well worth seeing on anyone’s fringe diary.
If you should be so lucky, you’ll get the loco notion to head to the bubble and catch Michael Griffiths Sings Kylie!
Review By Brett Herriot