On Sunday, Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo presented their show Another Night at the Musicals. The sequel to their previous show, A Night at the Musicals, the crowd was thrilled.
The show blurb told us to expect “a melting pot of musical theatre karaoke, vaudeville, variety, sing-along and dress up madness“. They definitely delivered!
At the beginning of the show, they tell us they are going to cover all of the musicals! For a show of only one hour, that’s a mean feat! Le Gâteau Chocolat and Jonny Woo performed songs from a number of musicals. They started with “All that jazz” from “Chicago” dressed in short little red fringed dressed, typical of showgirls.
They followed up with “Hey Big Spender” from the musical “Sweet Charity“. They also perform “Life is a cabaret“.
And they didn’t lie about those costume changes. We counted at least 4 costume changes. Le Gateau Chocolat was incredible in his mermaid costume complete with crabs on the cups. That performance was one of the highlights which saw Le Gateau Chocolat singing all the while blowing soap bubbles which embrace the scene and flow into the audience.
The two have very cheeky personalities and they play against each other.
On the night that we attended, Jonny Woo walked down the centre aisle (careful if you don’t like audience participation) and chose a young woman to join them on stage. He explains that she wrote to them in London and told them that it would be her birthday on the night she was going to see the show and that she has no friends. What follows is an amusing scene whereby she is seated with her back to the audience while Jonny Woo tells us that she has entered a sound proof box, which is clearly not true – they don’t have the big budget for that!
Le Gateau Chocolat explains that we are all going to dance in coordination to a song from the musical “Grease“, namely “Grease Lightning“, and that we must pop the party poppers given out, but only after the third refrain.
There is a lot of innuendo in these instructions as Le Gateau Chocolat reminds us that you shouldn’t pop too early. And of course, there is a gentleman in the audience who does exactly what we were told not to do – popped too early! With the inherent drama, you can imagine what follows…
They also sung what Le Gateau Choclat called Australia’s second national anthem: “Xanadu” from the musical of the same name. The audience joined in a singalong, which was astonishingly well-coordinated.
The crowd was invited to stand up again to join Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo for “Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do” from “The Sound of Music“. They both wore green dresses for this number. And the show finished with another song from “The Sound of Music“: “So Long, Farewell“, which is completely apt for the ending of the show!
The hour of the show went way too quickly. We could have stayed on for another hour amused by the performances of Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat, who were both excellent.
If you are a musicals fan, or even if you are not, Another Night at the Musicals is an amusing and cheeky evening at which is very difficult, or even impossible, not to be amused.
Another Night at the Musicals plays at 8:15pm nightly (except Mondays) at The Box in the Garden of Unearthly Delights until Sunday 3 March.
The ticket price depends on the night of the week that you are attending. Ticket prices range between $32 and $38. Concession card holders can purchase tickets for $32.
You can purchase your tickets here.
Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Adelaide Fringe.
Don’t forget that you can also read our full list of 22 must-see shows at Adelaide Fringe.