The show tells the tale of Italian potato farmer Tony Galati who takes on the mighty, powerful Potato Board’s antiquated laws on potato quotas. In doing so he and his family become household names in Perth and climbed the social ladder of Perth society. Tony’s son, Frank, even goes on to become a successful overseas model, while Tony goes on to establish the successful Spudshed franchise selling fresh fruit and vegetables to the people of Perth.
Tony Galati the Musical is a hilarious, fun filled tale performed by a talented cast that will have you tapping your feet throughout the performance. There is a real Italian celebration to the score, written by Caleb Garfinkel, that somehow makes you feel good and puts a smile on your face. Especially the musical numbers that poke fun at Perth and give a brief history of the city’s accomplishments.
Thomas Papathanassios as Tony exudes a cheeky charm that has the audience barracking for him to win his battle against the potato board. He has the audience laughing from his entrance dressed in blue shorts and singlet. Sam Longley’s height adds to his imposing character, Russell Burbank, as the protagonist from the Potato Board. He towers over the other actors adding to the intimidation used by the potato board.
Nick Pages-Oliver was a standout of the performance. His comedic timing and character portrayals were on point. His impression of Kochie, from Channel Seven’s Sunrise, had me in tearful hysterics. The main cast are supported capably by Amberly Cull and Emma Haines.
The set is simple and impressive and use of blackboards to assist in telling the tale adds to convey the battle between Tony and the potato board. Don’t miss your chance to laugh until you cry and discover why there is a potato in everyone!
Tony Galati the Musical
Main Hall at Girls School, 2 Wellington Street, Perth
Performance: Saturday 8 February 2020
Season continues to 15 February 2020
Information and Bookings: www.fringeworld.com.au
Image: Tony Galati the Musical (supplied)
Review: Craig Dalglish