Michael Griffiths isn’t going to let turning 40 stop his prolonged adolescence. His really prolonged adolescence. In his new cabaret show, Adolescent, he recalls falling in love, why he can’t go ten pin bowling and how touring in jukebox musicals has happily kept him emotionally immature.
Written and performed by Griffiths, Adolescent is a self-deprecating hour of song, humour and personal revelation, featuring songs he knows all too well from Jersey Boys, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and lots of his first love, 80s pop including songs from Culture Club, A-ha, Duran Duran, The Cure and Michael Jackson.
“Rather than have a mid-life crisis about turning 40, I figured better to poke fun at myself with a show about why I haven’t quite ‘grown up’ yet,” says Michael.
“It’s also a great excuse to sing some of my absolute favourite songs from the 80s, have some laughs at what’s it’s really like working in musical theatre and finding out as an adult about my donor conception quite by accident, all the while behaving like a petulant teenager.”
Michael Griffiths has been nominated for two Green Room Awards, Best Cabaret at Perth Fringeworld and won Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2014. His acclaimed cabaret shows In Vogue: Songs By Madonna and Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox have delighted critics and audiences all across Australia and beyond to New York, London, Hong Kong, Auckland and Edinburgh where he received 5 star reviews and standing ovations.
“The show might be called Adolescent but there is nothing immature about this performance. Griffiths looks completely at home on the stage… He’s the real deal.” – Glam Adelaide
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Season: 21 January – 1 February 2015
Bookings: (03) 9662 9966 or online at: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com
Image: Michael Griffiths – photo by Kurt Sneddon