'Decadent and moreish': Murray Bridge Players and Singers' The Wishlist reviewed
A night at the cabaret was what the doctor ordered, and MBPS certainly delivered.
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Over two weeks and four shows, Murray Bridge Players and Singers have delivered their long-awaited performance The Wishlist at the city’s town hall.
The show was not a musical like past years, but rather a “delicious cocktail of songs from stage and screen”.
The hall’s transformation into a cabaret-style venue lent the night its formal yet sultry tone well before the curtain was raised, making audience members feel like they were in for a decadent evening.
Numbers featured included I Can’t Help Myself from Aussie musical The Sapphires, James Bond’s Skyfall and a jazzy rendition of Let It Go, among other well-known tunes.
The mix certainly provided for a dynamic performance, as songs spanned the history of show-biz.
The singers delivered every tune with passion, engaging audiences with their dynamic voices and expressions.
Dancers lent the show another delicious accompaniment for the audience, bringing the perfect amount of energy and, where appropriate, sass through their storytelling.
The band provided a backdrop that was professional and lively, helping to deliver a polished performance.
Once again, the costume department went above and beyond; their work elevated the experience from a show to a Broadway-esque production.
A couple more up-beat group numbers peppered throughout would have been welcome, as the atmosphere became electrifying whenever singers, players and dancers joined forces.
All in all, Murray Bridge Players and Singers delivered a cocktail of showtunes that was positively moreish.
If only we didn’t have to wait until next year to have another round.
Disclosure: Murray Bridge News managing editor Peri Strathearn was a member of the show’s cast.