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COVERGIRL : MADONNA @ SLIDE

Jeremy Brennan, Erikah Heynatz and Michael Griffiths. Photo Maria Lawrie
Jeremy Brennan, Erikah Heynatz and Michael Griffiths. Photo Maria Lawrie

Madonna was the latest diva to have her musical legacy given a Slide COVERGIRL makeover. A myriad of mash-ups, spoken word humour and perky performance art pieces made up the quality cabaret fare.

The sumptuously intimate ambience of Slide, bursting with Madonna fans plus celebrities housed this exciting tribute well. The dinner and show ticket-holders as well as crowds in the upper level gallery formed a formidable throng eager for the new vogue stories.

Madonna’s career started in a decade without tweets, Facebook posts, fast internet or smartphones. CDs were emerging as the shiny new audio device. The developing star’s songs were consistently effective and the everyday girl-to-superstar story continually shocked, motivated and energised many. Continue reading COVERGIRL : MADONNA @ SLIDE

SWEET DREAMS: SONGS BY ANNIE LENNOX

Michael Griffiths
Michael Griffiths delivers strong versions of classic Annie Lennox songs

Tucked away behind the elaborate door of 41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, is an intimate venue called Slide Lounge, host to cabaret, great food and exotic theatre.  Slide is where ‘Broadway meets Burlesque’ and ‘Vaudeville and Vamp spectacularly collide’.  You can book a full dinner or settle for very tasty $8 snacks – stuffed zucchini, mini spring rolls, pear and rocket salad.  Great to see such a vibrant venue thriving.

They are currently hosting the  Annual Slide Cabaret Festival with a different local/international act each night.  I was fortunate to see Michael Griffiths on July 1st in his compassionate and humorous one man show SWEET DREAMS :  SONGS BY ANNIE LENNOX.  Griffiths has collaborated with writer/director Dean Bryant on their previous show IN VOGUE: SONGS OF MADONNA and now SWEET DREAMS.  The upcoming third show of their trilogy on legendary female singer/songwriters will be worth catching.

Griffiths takes the audience into his confidence from the moment he glides onto his piano stool and breaks into the powerful Lennox song “Missionary Man”. He uses eye contact with both lounge and mezzanine and has us laughing at his wicked innuendos.

With a fabulous song list and extracts from Lennox’s rich tales of love lived and lost, we are taken on an emotional rollercoaster.  With the uplifting songs, ’Love Is A Stranger’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ ‘There Must Be An Angel’ and ‘The Miracle of Love’ beautifully and individually arranged by Griffiths, spreading suitable joy, we are taken with equal intensity into Lennox’s darker writings, such as ‘Walking On Broken Glass’, ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’ and a beautiful heart-wrenching version of ‘Diva’.

Having just finished a season of THE JERSEY BOYS, Michael Griffiths is a talent to watch out for.  His professionalism is evident and his presentation of SWEET DREAMS, with his great voice and storytelling skills, cements his place in the cabaret and musical theatre world.

The final  show in Slide’s current Cabaret Festival takes place tomorrow night- Thursday 4th July, when Bernadette Robinson, star of the highly acclaimed SONGS FOR NOBODIES, presents her brand new show, AN EVENING WITH BERNADETTE ROBINSON.