Entertainment Hive 2020

Michael Griffiths: By Request

Adelaide Fringe, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Le Cascadeur, until

February 24

Review by Honey B

Cheap Tuesday turned out to be an excellent night for much-loved Adelaide performer Michael Griffiths. It turns out his first few shows had been marred by a series of unfortunate events from frustrating technical issues to an on-stage fall and an unplugged keyboard. But the Tuesday crowd broke the chain of chaos and all ran relatively smoothly. Griffiths proved why he is one of the best cabaret performers around with his effortless charm and engaging personal entertainment stories – there was plenty of fun name dropping from Elton John to Queen’s Brian May. This year Griffiths had a backing band including a drummer and bass player and he was on the keys having a ball. The sold-out crowd was also in for a good time and many had requested songs from Annie Lennox’s Thorn In My Side to Abba’s Knowing Me Knowing You and the Creedence Clearwater version of Proud Mary. Griffiths also dedicated a heartfelt Peter Allen song, Don’t Cry Out Loud, to the late grandfather of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Cabaret Festival, Frank Ford. Griffiths was the ultimate showman and the crowd loved him.
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