Fringe Review: Jukebox Chorus – The Ultimate Australian Playlist • Glam Adelaide

Fringe Review: Jukebox Chorus – The Ultimate Australian Playlist

Under the control of Charmaine Jones, who put this show together, the Gospo Collective and The Jones Commentary, the largest backing choir in Adelaide, bring a plethora of favourite songs to an appreciative audience.

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Presented by Gospo Collective
Reviewed 19 February 2020

This is an hour of feel good songs presented by some very fine talent. Under the control of Charmaine Jones, who put this show together, the Gospo Collective and The Jones Commentary, the largest backing choir in Adelaide, bring a plethora of favourite songs to an appreciative audience.

Starting with a combination of Farnham’s You’re the Voice and Yothu Yindi’s Treaty they immediately have the crowd on side. The songs come thick and fast, the best of the Seekers, LRB, Hunters and Collectors, Bee Gees, Men at Work, you get the idea! There were many interesting arrangements moving through to more recent music. The encore finished with a tribute to Olivia Newton John, Xanadu and a couple of songs from Grease. I could list the forty or so songs they covered but then there would be no surprises when you go.

There were fourteen excellent singers on stage with stand mics moving and grooving to their music. Basic choreography that was well executed made it fun to watch, a few of the men were good movers and all sang well, Nathan Hamdorf, Kelvin Maynes, with a special mention for Zac Moore, and Philamon Araya. Brandon Bartholomeusz not only sang and moved well but threw in a sax solo too. Lindsay Prodea shone in their version I Still Call Australia Home.

The girls looked stunning in their matching dresses, all the same style but a different colour for each, it made a great picture. Katie Moore, Ellen Walsh, Laura Knowling, Amy Hein and Steph Smith are great performers but the standouts for me were Izzy Norman, Joanna Arul Tropeano and Elana Bartholomeusz. Having said that they all worked well together, it was very slick show.

There are plenty of sessions of this one, do yourself a favour and enjoy an hour of Australian music.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Rating out of 5: 5

Venue: Cornucopia, Gluttony, Rymill Park
Season: 18 Feb – 15 Mar 2020
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $35-$49.50
Bookings: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/jukebox-chorus-the-ultimate-australian-playlist-af2020

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