I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
The 2019 Brisbane Festival will run from September 6 to 28; with great entertainment and experiences offered across Brisbane. The festival this year has three themes: revels, revelations, and romance. The first week of the festival themed Revels, embraces the Brisbane lifestyle, celebrating the outdoors with light, fire, and music and transforming indoor spaces with a focus on good times and family. In line with this theme, last night I went along to the famous Courier-Mail Spiegeltent to see Swing On This.
Swing On This features Michael Falzon (We Will Rock You, Evita), Brisbane's own Luke Kennedy (runner-up The Voice Australia 2013, The Ten Tenors), Matt Lee (So You Think You Can Dance, Mary Poppins) and Ben Mingay (Wonderland, Hacksaw Ridge), as well as a live swing band.
The performance included swing classics from Sinatra and to Bublé, as well as rock and pop hits from Farnham, INXS and The Proclaimers. As you would expect from a show titled Swing On This, classic songs were strategically interjected with witty banter and some fun-loving choreography.
The audience was full of appreciation for this performance, singing along whenever they could and dancing in the aisles or bopping in their seats. The boys were thoroughly entertaining, full of cheek and oozing charm. And when Ben rolled out his low baritone range - all the girls went weak at the knees. But, for me, the surprise of the night was Matt Lee's performance of Mr. Bojangles; with dulcet tones and lovely tap work circling the edge of a spotlight, he stole the show.