Presented by Michael Griffiths
Reviewed 8 March 2018
Veteran performer Michael Griffiths becomes Kylie Minogue for our nightly entertainment during the Fringe with his new show Lucky: Songs by Kylie. Only two years ago Griffiths graced the stage as Cole Porter in Cole, while his other roles include Madonna and Annie Lennox.
This chameleon of cabaret assumes the character and energetic persona of Kylie without any make-up or costume. Though he wears a tight white button-down shirt and jeans, his mannerisms and inflections are unmistakeably her. He walks onto the stage in a cascade of gold glitter, waving to the crowd. He plays the keyboard as he dances in place and sings Kylie’s 1987 hit I Should Be So Lucky. Griffiths flashes a cheeky grin and thanks the audience for their “bogantastic” whoops and cheers.
He introduces himself as Kylie and reminisces about her early days on Ramsey St and her journey to prove that she was more than just a “so-so actress with a great perm”. Next Griffiths sings Got To Be Certain, Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi, and Never Too Late. He remembers Kylie’s very public affair and break-up with Jason Donovan and sings an impromptu duet of Especially for You to raucous applause. He relives the highs and heartbreaking lows of Kylie’s life, from her performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics to her inspiring struggle with breast cancer. His heartfelt rendition of Can’t Get You Out of My Head, while lit with a soft blue light, is beautiful.
Griffiths is charming, his voice is powerful, and his range is impressive as he mimics the Australian princess of pop. His latest incarnation is faultless and unforgettable.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating (out of 5): 5
Venue: The Box, The Garden on Unearthly Delights
Season: 8th – 18th March 2018
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $25.00 – $30.00