Hugh Sheridan is one of Adelaide’s favourite sons. His commitment to the Adelaide Fringe is nothing short of solid having being an ambassador in the past. Everyone knows of his California Crooners Club show but this year after an early Fringe stint with the Crooners for the second half of the season he has gone it alone for Hugh Sheridan Unplugged. It’s a late-night session at 11:00pm of smooth tunes and witty banter in The Cornucopia at Gluttony.
Sticking with his favourite old school crooner and show tunes style as well as singing a few originals, Sheridan still oozes charm and sophistication even with this casual yet classy “unplugged” show. Throwing a Taylor Swift song, Blank Space and giving it that Hugh Sheridan style was a nice surprise to start the set. Songs like Foggy Day, Simple Life, Free Falling In Love and dedicating Mama A Rainbow to his mum who was in the audience on this night was special.
There was a good mix of heartfelt slow songs and some upbeat feet tapping classics. The vibe of the night was upbeat and fun. The crowd really got into the spirit and Sheridan really knows how to work the crowd. He often wondered through the audience giving everyone a chance to see him up close and personal.
Finishing on a gusty version of the ol’ blue eyes, Frank Sinatra classic My Way the Unplugged Hugh Sheridan is still loads of fun even at a late nighttime slot and without his Crooner buddies. On this night he showed a bit of a cheekier late-night side. Having his trusty band that has been with him for years helped with the chemistry between him and the band. All up a fun show continuing in that crooner style that is worth staying up late for!
Fringe Review By Anastasia Lambis
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