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Jersey Boys star Michael Griffiths returns to Melbourne with his two sell-out shows, Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox and In Vogue: Songs by Madonna at fortyfivedownstairs from Wednesday 15 January until Sunday 26 January 2014 as part of the Midsumma Festival.
No accent, costume or wig. Lyrics plumbed for new meaning, melodies reinterpreted, all peppered with candid musings and remembrances from the moody songstresses themselves.
From the gender bending early days as one half of 80′s sensation Eurythmics through to her stunning solo career, her bittersweet lyrics share the confessions of her triumphs and her heartbreak. Featuring unforgettable songs like Why, Love is a Stranger, Walking On Broken Glass and There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart).
Critics have raved about Griffiths performance, ‘intelligent, compelling cabaret…cleverly crafted, beautifully performed…Griffiths holds
us in the palm of his hand – an angel playing with our hearts’ (Jo Litson); reminds you why you fell in love with Lennox in the first place…Griffiths and Bryant have found a formula that works and surprises’ (TimeOut)
‘Growing up, Annie was always my idol’, says Griffiths. ‘When Sweet Dreams first came out I was intrigued by her androgyny and mystery – I honestly wasn’t sure if she was a man or a woman. I devoured everything Eurythmics released, always admiring her equal parts strength and vulnerability.’
In Vogue is just ‘Madge’ accompanying herself at the piano, leading you on a journey through her tough life with tender songs. In a gender-bending explosion, experience this musical theatre star transform himself into the Queen of Pop. Strike a pose, get into the groove and express yourself as Madonna opens her heart.
This one man pop cabaret spectacular puts the entire back catalogue of the undisputed Queen of Pop under the microscope to find out the real stories and surprising truths behind them.
In Vogue: Songs by Madonna has been described by critics as ‘a borderline religious experience’ (TimeOut), exceedingly funny’ (The Advertiser) and ‘virtually flawless’ (Artshub).
A long-time fan of Madonna, Griffiths says ‘singing and dancing to Holiday is one of my earliest memories. She has been such a constant in my life. Doing this show has made me appreciate her impact on me even more; what an extraordinary career!’ He continues, ‘that the philosophy with this show is that no one really talks about Madonna as a songwriter who wrote incredible songs: Vogue, Like a Prayer, Open Your Heart and Express Yourself.’
In Vogue: Songs by Madonna features 35 song references and 12 songs sung in their entirety.