"Never work with animals or children" is advice which Brendan Ross chose to ignore – and he got away with it. What seemed like hundreds of tiny children, wearing antlers, came on stage to rock "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". Perhaps a predictable button to push – but on such an evening it was just the right one, and it worked well.
The Queenland Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Simon Kenway) made it clear that they were having fun without in any way compromising their excellent musicianship. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was their "Fanfares and Flourishes" where Christopher Wrench was given his head and allowed to showcase the superb concert organ.
For such an evening to work, it has to flow, seemingly effortlessly, from item to item and Christie Whelan Brown and Simon Burke hosted the show with humour and energy, and sold their own popular songs with all the skill acquired from years at the pinnacle of musical theatre.