RESPECT - The Aretha Franklin Story

RESPECT - The Aretha Franklin Story


Posted 2024-02-13 by Gillian Chingfollow

Fri 01 Mar 2024 - Sat 21 Sep 2024

Following its recent tour of the US, RESPECT: The Aretha Franklin Story is back by popular demand in Australia sharing the story of the life and music of the soul Queen, American singer, Aretha Franklin.

Australian soul vocalist and former Australian Idol performer, Angie Narayan, will return to lead the audience through the songs and significant moments in Aretha Franklin's life. Aretha Franklin has been described as a singer who defined the golden age of soul music of the 1960s. With hits like "You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)," "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Respect," Aretha sold more than 75 million songs worldwide and amassed a huge following in the process.

I asked Angie about the RESPECT show and the impact that Aretha has had on her.

Here's what she had to say:

How has Aretha influenced you as a singer and performer
There's no other 'Aretha' on the planet. She has been, and will always be, the greatest musical influence of my life. Her timing is like no other singer I've studied, and after learning Aretha's technique, every singer is now easy by comparison, which is why she is The Queen!

Aretha was described as having a "hurricane" of a voice and an attitude to match! For her time, she was an absolute trailblazer. She is really the "original Diva," and I believe that she paved the way forward for other greats like Mariah, Beyonce, and Whitney to come through.

What have you learnt most about Aretha by doing this show?
I learned that the Queen and I share a number of parallels, from our musical beginnings to our family connections despite being from opposite sides of the world and born in different eras. The show explores some of these parallels.

What can audiences expect from the show
The show is a wonderful trip down memory lane for anyone who is an Aretha fan. We start in the 1960s when Aretha 2019s career began and follow right through to a really special moment at the 1998 Grammys where our audience will get a wonderful surprise. The band and cast are absolutely world-class and audiences can expect to dance right out of their seats as the show goes on as we celebrate the queen of soul.

Keep an eye out for one of the shows near you.

Friday 1 March, 2024: The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, Sale, VIC | (03) 5143 3200

Saturday 2 March, 2024: West Gippsland Arts Theatre, Warragul, VIC
03 5624 2456 |

Sunday 3 March, 2024: Frankston Arts Centre, VIC | (03) 9784 1060

Saturday 9 March, 2024: Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, QLD | (07) 3480 6280

Saturday 16 March, 2024: The Events Centre Caloundra, QLD | (07) 5491 4240

Saturday 13 April, 2024: Cairns Performing Arts Centre, QLD | 1300 855 835

Saturday 27 April, 2024: The J Noosa, QLD
07 5329 6560 |

Saturday 25 May, 2024: The Star Gold Coast, QLD

Saturday 15 June, 2024: Riverside, Parramatta, NSW
02 8839 3399 |

Saturday 17 August, 2024: The Palms Crown Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 18 August, 2024: Playhouse Theatre, Geelong, VIC
1300 251 200 |

Saturday 14 September, 2024: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
1300 655 299 |

Saturday 21 September, 2024: Redland Performing Arts Centre, QLD
07 3829 8131 |

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