So much more than just a Spice Girls tribute
Reviewed at the National Wine Centre on 16 March 2019
Presented by Break The Ice Entertainment
Anyone growing up in the late 90’s would be all too familiar with the music of the Spice Girls, the fun pop group from the UK who spawned several hits around the globe! Anyone coming to see Spice Rack strictly for a tribute show of the girls were definitely not getting just that. This was a tribute show with a twist, and more of a variety hour of skits and musical mash-ups.
The National Wine Centre hosted this event in their upstairs gallery, with seats positioned in front of the fairly small stage, but our entertainers performed through the middle of the crowd, and at some points even through and on! Some audio issues at first were quickly sorted, but the headset mics proved a little challenging at times. Opening with The Lady is a Tramp and moving into a parody of All Saints’ Pure Shores, the musical numbers stopped as Adelaide’s favourite Hans introduced himself through a video message as we were introduced to a pantry complete with five fine spices ready to bust out and perform!
The fabulous five spices were Ginger (Alex Schulze), Cumin (Will Metzer), Cardamon (Rachael Horbelt), Tumeric (Lucy Rasheed) and Cloves (Kate Bonney). All five performers embraced their larger than life characters and gave it their all, complete with solid comic timing and strong vocals when needed, Rasheed proving to be the strongest during a rendition of Too Much. Audience participation kept the show fresh and moving at a good pace, while many food puns and kitchen jokes kept the laughs and chuckles coming from the crowd. Closing the show with an upbeat performance of Spice Up Your Life had the crowd on their feet and clapping along, but not before a final farewell from Hans via video message again.
Overall a bit of fun and a nice light-hearted show for a Saturday afternoon, comeplete with a few drinks if that tickeld your fancy with the location being the National Wine Centre. Patrons just after a Spice Girls tribute show definitely got that little bit more, and it was clear from the crowd reaction that fun was had by all!
Reviewed by Daniel Knowles
Venue: National Wine Centre
Season: 16-17 March 2019
Duration: 60 Minutes