To put it simply, Jukebox Chorus – The Ultimate Australian Playlist is not to be missed. If you’re looking for a one-stop show full of fun, entertainment and a whole lot of nostalgia then this is the one for you.
Taking prime position in the middle of Gluttony, is the Cornucopia tent which packed hundreds of spectators last night for the 8pm show lead by vocal queen Charmaine Jones, a huge backing choir and of course the much loved Gospo Collective. After their award-winning Jackson Vs Jackson show last year, the expectations were high and without a doubt they exceeded them.
As the colourful neon lights lit up the stage, you could hear gasps of awe from the audience at the sheer number of musicians on stage. With Jones directing front of stage, she was accompanied by another 50+ singers and musicians who all worked in unison to deliver beautiful harmonies and clever choreography. But most of all, they all exuded a genuine love and passion for the music they were sharing.
We were taken on a trip down memory lane as the group delivered a medley of classics, travelling through every era and genre of Australian music. From The Seekers, Hunters and Collectors, ABBA, Bee Gees, Men at Work to Maddison Avenue, Savage Garden, Natalie Imbruglia and Sia.
The group rocked out to INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart complete with saxophone solo, and later belted out Aussie hip-hop prodigy The Hilltop Hoods. The list of iconic artists was endless, and they certainly left no stone unturned.
Though, the show wasn’t all glitz, glam and jazz hands. There were some touching moments where we were reminded of the healing powers of music. The group aptly ended the show with Cold Chisel’s When The War Is Over medleyed with Peter Allen’s I Still Call Australia Home. But just when we thought the show was finished – like the end of every good night out, the lead single came back to belt out Aussie favourite, Daryl Braithwaite’s Horses.
A truly spectacular show, and one for all ages.
Fringe Review By Caitlin Graziano
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