Friday, January 30, 2015

Thriller Live! - Review

I was given tickets to see this show by the kind people at ACMN. All opinions are my own.

If you love the music of Michael Jackson, you will love Thriller Live.
It is full to the brim with his music, and the music is executed brilliantly.  The band were fantastic and if you closed your eyes, you could almost believe you were at an actual MJ concert.  Standouts for me were MiG Ayesa and Prinnie Stevens.

There were some very talented dancers in the cast, but as a group, the dancing was a bit sloppy.  My untrained eye could see where they were supposed to be in sync, but just... weren't.  It was also disappointing that during the number where they were using the screen to make it look like the stage was filled with Michael's that the vision was out of time with the audio.

There's an attempt to convey some of his life story, but for me those parts were weird.  Aside from telling me how many Grammy's he won (Spoiler alert - It's a LOT), they didn't tell me a lot about his life,  And they did so in a very strange mish mash of accents.  Pick one and stick to it, people!  I really would have liked to see them use the huge screens to show us some archival footage too.
I thought the forced audience participation was a bit desperate and it went on for toooo long.   
I did freak my husband out towards the end because I know all the words to the rap in 'Black and White'.
I loved the costumes.  So bright, so shiny!  I'm not sure how they had time to do some of the changes they did. Having said that, I thought the costumes for the actual Thriller song could have been amazing but for me they missed the mark.
I'm not sure what I expected Thriller Live to be, but what I saw wasn't it. I'm not sure if I can recommend you spend your hard-earned money on seeing this, especially when there are so many great things on in Melbourne at the moment that DO deserve your cash.  I'm also guessing that I'm in the minority, given that this show has been on the West End and touring around the world for years.  Maybe I needed to be a bigger MJ fan in the first place? 

All the details for Thriller Live can be found by clicking here. It's currently in Melbourne and will be in Sydney and Auckland soon.  Tickets in Melbourne are $65-$125.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Things and Stuff And That

We put up the Christmas Tree.  It's a real one and it smells so great.  So far the cats have left it alone.

We also met Santa!  I asked for a winning Tattslotto ticket.  Chyken asked for an alpaca, obviously.

I've got a mysterious itching thing going on.  No, I haven't changed my washing powder, or soap, or shampoo. I had it a few years ago, they tested me for everything under the sun and then decided it was stress.  The only thing that seems to help is Pinetarsol.  So, now I smell like a Christmas tree too.

We've got some visitors staying with us at the moment from the UK.  They cooked the most amazing Christmas dinner last night.  My belly almost died of happiness.  Their excitement at seeing kangaroos in the wild is infectious.

Things in my family are... difficult.  There are people who are not talking to me (and haven't in a long time, like over 6 months) and I'm not sure why not.  If I've done something wrong I don't know what it is. All I will say is that they have my phone number and know where I live if they chose to include me in their lives.  And I guess I have their number too, but I'm sick of being the one who always initiates contact, so this time, the ball is in their court.

Work is... Work.  I go there, I work, they pay me.  It's a win/win situation for all involved I think.

I miss my Dad.  Always.  Forever.

Hopefully we are taking the tourists down the Great Ocean Road this weekend.  On the hunt for a koala in the wild.

There is nothing worth watching on TV this time of year. It's mean.

We've been back to see Once two more times (that we paid for ourselves).  And then I was emailed an offer too good to refuse so we will go once more (haha) before it leaves Melbourne.  I've also seen Les Mis a couple of times and last week we saw La Cage Aux Folles which was absolutely fantastic.  it would be cruel to tell you how funny it was, because it is over and you can't see it for yourself.

Chyken is building the Chicken Mahal in our backyard. Hopefully he will finish it over the summer break and then... eggs!

But enough about me, I want to hear about you! Tell me what's been going on in your life...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Once the Musical - Review

I was given tickets to see this show by the kind people at ACMN.  They also supplied the photographs.  All opinions are my own.

I have this thing, I don't like to listen to the soundtrack of a musical before I actually see it on a stage.  Lots of people I know much prefer to know what they're in for, so to speak, but I like to discover the music while I'm watching the story unfold before my eyes. In the case of Once, I had heard the music before, when I watched the film, but it still didn't take away from the magic that happened on that stage in the Princess Theatre last night.

I was offered tickets to opening night and I couldn't refuse, even though we have already paid for our own tickets to see later this month.  Since booking our tickets, I watched the film.  I will admit to thinking we had made a terrible mistake, as the film really is quite ordinary. 

This musical however, is something truly special.

If your seats are in the stalls, you can go on the stage before the show and at interval and buy a drink at the bar.  If, like me, you are not in the stalls, you can watch this happen.  Cast members are there to entertain you.  This made the actual start of the show a bit odd.  The audience left the stage, the cast kept performing and then in the middle of a song, the lights went down.  Strange start to a show!  This also caused the first half to feel quite long.

Unlike conventional musicals, the songs in Once don't really tell the story, but they are a very important part of this musical.   And they are performed beautifully.  I have no idea how the man playing the cello was able to spin and keep playing, but he did.

Despite the first half feeling long, I was entranced from the moment it started. I didn't want it to end. I had no idea it would be so funny.  And have such clever staging. (The bar seamlessly became a piano shop, a house, a bank and at one point, a beach!)  The fact that every single member of the cast sang, acted and played at least one instrument was brilliant.

And then in the second half, they did an a Capella reprise of 'Gold'. I think my heart may have skipped several beats. It was absolutely stunning.  You could have heard a pin drop. 

This is a truly amazing show.  I can see why it won a Tony award for Best Musical and a heap of other awards all around the world.  It's not filled with high energy dance numbers, flashy lighting or special effects.  It has heart, it has soul. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before. You really should go and see it.

Once is playing at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne until December 2014.  You can buy tickets from here.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up - Volume Five

Chyken's Birthday Weekend!

In summary, a great time was had by all, and I may well have bought him the best present ever. 

How was your weekend?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up - Volume Four

A quiet weekend this time. Mostly spent getting the Castle ready for Chyken's birthday party next week. 

We had a mate visiting, so we tested out Chyken's new fire pit. Which was just as well, because the base the metal bowl was sitting in pretty much exploded. It has since been returned and we got our money back. 

Played the Logo Board game. I'm quite good at it!

I made the Tupperware cupboard my bitch. 


Then I made the pantry my bitch. 

Meatloaf ready for the oven...

Meatloaf get in my belly!

If there's a better way to end a weekend than with golden syrup dumplings, I'm yet to find it!

So tell me, how was your weekend?

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