First published in Onya Magazine, on April 19th, 2011.
It’s hard keeping up with Andrew and John in The Bad Boys of Music Theatre. Not only because of their erratic movements across the stage (Andrew particularly so), but mainly because of their banter. It’s incessant. Continuous remarks are thrown back and forth throughout their cabaret show A Fine Bromance – with acidic comments peppering their conversations – where the humour isn’t always intended to be obvious.
Andrew and John are a modern day Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, except with less slapstick and more sharp wit. I spent the first fifteen minutes of their show entirely discombobulated – even now, I’m still unsure as to whether we, the audience, were being punk’d or not.
A Fine Bromace takes classic musical theatre songs and rewrites them with new lyrics that are sometimes inappropriate and most times hilarious. My personal favourite was their rendition of Agony from Into The Woods – partly because I loved their lyrics, partly because it’s a song from my favourite musical. And I do think that the better your knowledge of musical theatre is, the more you’ll enjoy A Fine Bromance – but it’s not a requirement.
The only thing you need to know is that Andrew and John’s show is clever, funny and sharp. Their performance is flawless – and I mean every word of that – they never miss a beat.
Brimming with talent and charm, The Bad Boys of Music Theatre won’t disappoint – and you’ll probably find that it takes a day or two for it to sink right in. Chances are, it might even linger in your thoughts for a few days. So if you find yourself having a quiet giggle, walking through the supermarket, or if the penny finally drops about something in A Fine Bromance, just understand that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
Or at least I think so.
The Bad Boys of Music Theatre ‘A Fine Bromance’, Tues – Sat 10.15pm, Sun – Mon 10pm, at Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran until April 23rd. Tickets: Full $25, Tight Arse Tuesdays $17.50. For bookings phone 03 8290 7000 or book online.