George Michael - Listen To Your Heart at Arts Centre Melbourne on Thursday 17 Oct 2019 was all that you imagined it would be. A great presentation, very watchable Australian talent on stage, a wonderful light show, an orchestra that brilliantly supported but didn't overpower, and the master John Foreman OAM at the helm pulling the strings brilliantly.
With such a dazzling cast of good lookers who worked the stage with aplomb, not to mention incredible talent; it was more than the heart could bear for the George Michael fans. The newest talent on stage; The Voice's Sheldon Riley held his own amongst the seasoned performers, performing his best in a higher register.
Stand out vocals for me came from Andrew De Silva who glittered and shone with the moves and a melody and timbre in his voice that could not be denied. In an ensemble cast all on stage at the same time singing together, one cannot help but notice that one voice that jumps out at you undeniably.
Having said that, everyone else held their own and more. It was like being in an ice-cream shop wondering which flavour to choose with so much on offer. Each one shone singularly with song choices perfect for their vocals. Hugh Sheridan was very comfortable in a jazzy number. Prinnie took us to heights that took your breath away. The foxy Bobby Fox had the light and shade in his voice playing to perfection and Rob Mills had a couple of numbers there that reminded me of his great vocal range in a solo Jesus Christ Superstar number from a past performance.
George Michael's story told in a narrative and exchange between John Foreman and each singing star, touching on parts of George Michael's life; the highs, the lows, the park and toilet block incidents were lightly, tastefully and humorously handled in the hands of seasoned entertainers without getting heavy and boring on monologue.
Being a one night only show was a clever ploy as it left you wanting more. Overall the whole show was amazing with fans having a great time singing along, complete with dance moves in their seats. The ones in the stalls dancing on the sidelines by the stage were the lucky ones as Hugh Sheridan came off stage and dirty danced with them much to the envy of the rest of us no doubt.
The encore number was the best with each singer upping the game further and putting forth their best vocals pitted against each other. The best wine was definitely saved for last and everyone went home satisfied, but not before standing in their seats all the way through for the last number, singing and dancing their hearts out.