Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo are onto a real winner with A Night at the Musicals. It’s a simple but highly effective concept: two hugely entertaining performers in drag (bathing suits mostly) presenting highlights from the musicals. With a high camp approach, the show manages to be a celebration of the musicals while also poking fun at the more ridiculous aspects of the genre.
The comic routines are spot on, the singing is great and the show moves along at good pace; it all makes for a terrifically enjoyable performance, a real crowd pleaser.
Gateau is a charismatic performer with an incredible baritone voice and fantastic comic timing, who derives great humour from singing many of the female parts in his deep, penetrating voice. Meanwhile Jonny Woo is a master of physical humour and crowd interaction, while also managing to match it with his partner in the singing the department. It’s a complementary pairing with palpable on-stage chemistry.
The highlights are many, but Woo’s riotously funny lip-syncing rendition of Les Miserables and Gateau’s hilariously incongruous turn as Elsa from Frozen are among the show’s standout moments.
Like many of the Garden of Unearthly Delight venues, Studio 7 is not built for comfort, but A Night at the Musicals rises above its surroundings with a thoroughly enjoyable experience that suits its 9:30 pm slot.
Whether or not you are a fan of musicals, it’s great entertainment: be prepared to laugh, sing along and leave with a smile on your face.
A Night at the Musicals is performing every night until the end of Fringe (except Mondays).
4 ½ stars
Reviewed by Matthew Trainor
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