It didn’t take long to work out what show to see last night at the Adelaide Fringe with my old friend Justin. ‘Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen’ at the Garden of Unearthly Delights leaped out of the program.
I expected Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan to sing beautifully, and they did. Their duet of ‘I Honestly Love You’ was a highlight, and partially superseded my memories of hearing Rose Hancock Porteous sing it at the ball room of Prix D’Amour on a karaoke machine. ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ made us swaying in a way that the song with the word ‘girt’ in it never could.
Ms Ryan’s gym outfit in ‘Physical’ made a gay man like me turn, until Mr Griffiths’ costume reveal at the end made me turn back.
Best, though, was the banter between two accomplished and charming performers who clearly like each other very much.