The Choir of Man

ACM The Choir of Man photo by Danysha HarriottWith its nostalgic décor and endearing characters, it is easy to see why The Choir of Man has an immediate endearing effect on audiences. Created by Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay, the Olivier-nominated, worldwide smash hit is such a feel-good show, taking up residence at Arts Centre Melbourne, this Summer.

A reverie of sorts, Ben Norris’s (writer) monologues scattered throughout the show provide the men of The Jungle (the pub) the opportunity to share their stories through a complimentary mix of song and dance featuring multi-part vocal arrangements and energetically executed choreography.

At its heart, The Choir of Man features an outstanding cast including Matthew Campbell (Maestro), Rob Godfrey (Beast), Alistair Higgins (Poet), Nathaniel Morrison (Barman), Aled Pennock (Bore), Will Silver (Hardman), Christian Tyler-Wood (Joker), Ethan Vijn (Handyman) and Bradley Walwyn (Romantic).

The songs featured are rousing crowd-pleasers too. From I’m Gonna Be [500 Miles] (The Proclaimers), You’re the Voice (John Farnham), Somebody to Love (Queen) to Welcome To The Jungle (Guns and Roses).

The brilliant arrangements of Hello (Adele), Teenage Dream (Katy Perry) and Chandelier (Sia) are simply stunning. Throw into the mix Rupert Holmes’ Escape (The Piña Colada Song), The Impossible Dream from the 1965 musical, Man of La Mancha and a cracking tap routine from Ethan Vijn, you have all the bases covered.

A top-notch band featuring Angus Burchall (drums), Marcus Kurban (guitar), Kyla Matsuura-Miller (violin) and Craig Newman (bass guitar), bring it all together musically.

The audience is also integral to the show. From joining the cast on stage to enjoy the ambiance of The Jungle including a freshly poured pre-show pint, at other times, a number of audience members had the opportunity to enjoy an on-stage serenade or join in on a game or two, with amusing and surprising results.

The boys heart-felt rendition of The Parting Glass brings the evening to a poignant end and a timely reminder of what good company can bring. The Choir of Man is a show that’s a must-see this Summer!

The Choir of Man
Playhouse – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Season continues to 11 February 2024
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Image: The Choir of Man – photo by Danysha Harriott

Review: Rohan Shearn