Entertainment Hive 2018

Daniel Koek - Bringing Him Home

Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Theatre Stage, Saturday, June 13

Review by Honey B

Kate Ceberano almost lured Adelaide-born tenor Daniel Koek home to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival two years ago. Unfortunately for Ceberano, the highly talented musical theatre star won the role of Jean Valjean in the London's West End production of Les Miserables - and he became the youngest performer to play the role. Koek has worked hard for his stellar success and the handsome showman gave us a peak into his life in this autobiographical show. The Gawler boy said his love affair with musical theatre began in Adelaide after seeing Rob Guest star in The Phantom of the Opera - Koek was just nine years old. His passion has paid off with the powerful international musical theatre star looking at ease on-stage as he delivered passionate and beautiful versions of classic and challenging songs including a tingling Phantom of the Opera medley, Something's Coming from West Side Story and I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles. A big screen behind the stage showcased personal pictures of Koek and also allowed him to show off a beautiful dance animation provided by his former dance instructor and now good friend as he sang Josh Groban's hit So She Dances. Unfortunately there was also a Qantas advert shown starring Koek - however it served to confuse the audience and ultimately interrupt the show. Koek really came alive when fellow Adelaide and London musical theatre student Michaela Burger joined him on-stage for several songs. Their mutual affection and deep bond shone through two beautiful duets. Burger even had her own sell-out show at this year's Cabaret Festival - Exposing Edith. Koek brought the show home with a stellar version of Climb E'vry Mountain. Let's hope we see the handsomely talented Adelaide musical theatre star performing at home again soon.
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