For many years, Hans (AKA Matt Gilbertson) has sold out Fringe venues and entertained the masses with his unique brand of comedy cabaret sass.

But this year is different.

It could have been the move to Adelaide’s beloved Thebarton Theatre, whose hallowed halls have seen the best of the best grace them.

Or it could have been the symphony orchestra who, with their collective skill takes a show up a notch or seven.

Maybe it was the dancers and backing vocalists; a team of extremely talented performers at the top of their game.

Perhaps it was the projections, film footage, lighting and comic interludes between songs, masking costume changes and showcasing Hans’ signature German wit.

Yeah, it’s all of that and quite a bit more.

As well as his usual variety of top hits, showtunes and accordion wielding showmanship, in Hans – A Night at the Symph Honey, we finally get to know our Hans.

Talking us through his journey of how he became an international superstar, Adelaide’s, I mean Germany’s, favourite export, takes us back to his early years as the star entertainer at family events, his childhood bully (f*ck you, Damien), a passion for musical theatre, musical influences and his road to success.

This is alongside a stellar soundtrack of show tunes (think Sound of Music, Tina Turner, Randy Crawford, Beyoncé, Rimsky-Korsakov, and so much more).

High energy, hilarious, and heartwarming, Hans is at his absolute best in this show and no one should miss it.

Mozart and Madonna, together at last, this show has everything: sexiness, silliness, showtunes and the symph honey!

Hans is witty, smart, entertaining, vulnerable, loveable and someone South Australia should be extremely proud of.

5 stars