Entertainment Hive 2017

Long live Michael Griffiths extended adolescence

Feast Festival, Nexus, Sunday, November 23

Review by Honey B

Michael Griffiths is like our own musical Peter Pan. The Adelaide cabaret star hasn’t really wanted to grow up and has flitted around flirting with composing music, travelling around in musicals and is now trying his hand, very successfully, at the cabaret genre. But since turning 40 he’s been taking a look back at his younger years and trying to work out what he wants to be when he grows up. In his latest show Adolescent, Griffiths takes us back to the music of his youth – the 80s. His love for the musical era is obvious as he has the audience falling in love with the classic tunes from his 80s medley featuring Spandau Ballet’s Gold, Duran Duran’s View To A Kill, A-ha’s Take On Me, Howard Jones’ No One Is To Blame and Boy George’s Karma Chameleon. Griffiths peppers his performance with funny one-liners and endearing tales throughout this much more personal cabaret show – his previous shows have focused on divas Annie Lennox and Madonna. The seasoned performer has an endearing way of connecting with the audience and he introduced everyone to his parents who were at the show and he also chatted about his long-term partner before performing Eurythmics’ Love Is A Stranger. Griffiths also gave some hilarious and interesting insights into the world of musical theatre including two of which he was in – Priscilla and Jersey Boys. His versions of two of the songs out of these hit shows were truly stand-outs – Priscilla’s I’ve Never Been To Me by Charlene and Jersey Boy’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Frankie Valli. While Griffiths show is full of wonderful stories and banter, and he easily breaks down the third wall to chat to the audience, it’s his gorgeous melodies that bring the lyrics to life and your soul craves for more songs. In many ways you don’t want Griffiths to stop singing no matter how witty he is and we certainly don’t want Griffiths to grow up and get a real job – he’s too talented. Michael Griffiths will be performing Adolescent throughout the Adelaide Fringe at the Garden of Unearthly Delights from 12 February to 15 March, 2015. Don’t miss it! Tickets on sale soon.
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