An award winning cabaret performer, delighting critics and audiences wherever he plays, Jersey Boys star Michael Griffiths presents Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.
Winner of the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer for Cole: The Life and Songs of Cole Porter, Michael was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys.
He has also appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, We Will Rock You! and Shout! and has played every cabaret festival in Australia, and selected performances internationally, with his acclaimed one-man cabaret shows: In Vogue: Songs By Madonna, Sweet Dreams: Songs By Annie Lennox, Adolescent and Cole: The Life and Songs of Cole Porter.
In Sweet Dreams, Michael imbues ‘Annie’ without accent, costume or wig, accompanying ‘herself’ at the piano, leading you on a journey through her life and tender songs, including the unforgettable songs: Why, Love is a Stranger, Walking on Broken Glass and There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart).
Lennox’s lyrics are plumbed for new meaning, as melodies reinterpreted, all peppered with candid musings and remembrances from the moody songstress herself. From the gender bending early days as one half of 80s new wave sensation Eurythmics through to her stunning solo career, Annie shares the confessions of her triumphs and her heartbreak.
Written by acclaimed writer/director Dean Bryant (Sweet Charity), the entire back catalogue of undoubtedly one of the greatest white soul singers of all time is put under the microscope to find out the real stories and surprising truths behind them.
Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox
Salon – Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season: 30 June – 1 July 2017
Information and Bookings: www.melbournerecital.com.au
Image: Michael Griffiths presents Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox – photo by Kurt Sneddon