Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen

Amelia Ryan & Michael Griffiths © Claudio Raschella

Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths and acclaimed cabaret darling Amelia Ryan are thrilled to be returning to FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018, with Livvy & Pete, a celebration of the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen.

Griffiths says that he and Amelia have really enjoyed creating the show that tells the story of Olivia and Peter’s humble small-town beginnings, to world domination in sequins and jumpsuits. Ryan believes Fringe audiences will enjoy the tribute cabaret, which promises “rollerskates, maracas, T-birds, Pink Ladies, 80s jazzercise, it’s as colourful and camp as you can get with an Oscar winning song to boot!”

“Audiences will also enjoy their sing-a-long classics including Tenterfield, Grease, Xanadu, Rio, and Hopelessly Devoted to You,” adds Griffiths “The only way we’ve made our marks on the songs is that we’ve made them duets. We have arranged, for instance, ‘I Honestly Love You‘ and because Peter wrote it, it does lend itself perfectly to being a duet.”

Michael and Amelia have appeared in every cabaret festival across Australia and beyond; to London, New York and the Edinburgh Fringe, where they’ve received rave reviews and standing ovations.

© Jo Robinson

Amelia is perhaps the female cabaret version of Weird Al Yankovic, famed for humorously rewriting lyrics to serve her narrative purposes. There has been no such tinkering with the source material this time, apart from arranging many solo tracks as duets, as Michael explains.

Both Adelaide based performers and good friends, Michael and Amelia first joined forces in Edinburgh where Michael acted as Amelia’s musical director. They are quick to point out it’s not your usual bio – cabaret. Michael says “There’s no impersonation in the show; there are roller skates, there are maracas, there’s cossies; we have fun with the characters but whenever we speak, it’s Michael and Amelia.”

Mon 5 to Mon 12 Feb 2018 @5.45pm
De Parel Spiegeltent, Pleasure Garden

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