Following his In Vogue: Songs by Madonna at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Award winner, Michael Griffiths, returns as Annie Lennox. From her time in new wave band The Tourists, to her androgynous days as one half of Eurythmics, to her stunning solo career, Griffiths asks the audience to suspend their disbelief as he sings from the songbook of this great diva.
With just a Roland keyboard and his voice, Griffiths takes us on a biographical journey peppered with the great songs of Lennox, including Love is a Stranger; Walking on Broken Glass; There Must Be An Angel Playing with My Heart; and Thorn In My Side, the audience accompanying Griffiths during the chorus, including with a run run run run action, if so desired.
The songs are not necessarily in chronological order, and Griffiths uses a certain element of poetic license, re-interpreting the songs in his own unique style, to detail the highs and lows of her life including her relationships and marriages and musical career, weaving in anecdotes, and words of wisdom from her father.
Griffiths has a beautiful cabaret voice, singing each lyric with clear delivery, bringing life to the meaning of the songs. This is an enjoyable hour, with a beautifully touching end to the show, with Griffiths thanking the audience (and the lighting and sound crew) while the lyrics of the 1986 classic Miracle of Love resonate: ‘Do you try to hide / in a world of illusion / I’ll show you something good / oh I’ll show you something good / if you open your mind.’
This show is definitely something good, for all Annie Lennox fans, and will have you singing along in your seats.