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

Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen
Performed by Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan. fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 23 - 27 January, 2019.

Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan team up to create a fun-filled celebration of the songbooks of Olivia Newton John and Peter Allen. The show provides information about the humble small-town beginnings of these two iconic Australian artists but mainly focuses on the hits that brought them to world domination. The performers have no hesitation in displaying the level and intensity of sequins, lycra, and jumpsuits that were involved in catapulting Allen and Newton-John to mega stardom.

The biggest hits have been carefully selected for inclusion in the show and classics such as “Rio”, “Tenterfield Saddler” and “Xanadu” are beautifully revisited. Griffiths and Ryan refer to themselves as partners in camp and, despite the sometimes-outrageous nature of the costumes and performances, they parody the stars in a gentle and amusing manner. The audience is both confronted and delighted by props such as roller skates, T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and the experience of reliving 80s ‘jazzercise’.

Ryan’s voice bears a striking resemblance to Olivia Newton-John's and this is especially seen in her rendition of “I Honestly Love You”. The hit song was co-written by Peter Allen and this appears to be the most substantial connection that can be found between these two incredibly different yet similar Australian musical success stories. This is a fabulous, confident and experienced team that brings a wonderful Australian flavour to cabaret.

Patricia Di Risio

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