Sitting in the theatre, I was uncertain of how Georgy Girl the Seekers Musical would unfold. I’d seen Mamma Mia in the past and knew utilising the music from one band was a successful methodology, but I had never seen a show that followed their career as well. As someone who didn’t grow up listening to The Seekers, this show satisfied my every curiosity about their music and how they became so popular in a time where Australia didn’t have any Pop Stars with global recognition. My main quip with the show is that I found it more of a play with songs until the second act, but it did not disappoint.
From the awkward moves of the go-go dancers to the shockingly awful disco outfits the show set the scene of the 1960’s unapologetically well, emphasising the good and the ugly of the era. Through most of the show Athol, Bruce and Keith looked like the wiggles in red, blue and green matching polo shirts but it added a nice comradery. With every “What will I wear?” that escaped Judith’s lips came another stunningly 60’s dress. Kudos to the costume designer Isaac Lummis for transporting us back. Austin Powers would approve.
The standout character for me was the narrator who was later revealed as Ron Edgeworth. His humour and bold entrances gave an added element which without the show would have felt flat. Not only was he an almost unreliable narrator, telling us after something was untrue, he told the story bluntly. His sudden costume changes, the first a funny take on active wear and the second a tragic realisation he was close to death, contrasted well and allowed the extent of his character to shine through. In comparison, John Ashby’s character left me feeling slimy. Ian Stenlake was either amazing at making the character come off sleazy or did it by accident. During the show, I felt guilty for thinking this way about a character straight off the bat but after it was clear he was a cheater I felt better about my prejudice.
My favourite part of the show was the number of times I had goosebumps from the chilling harmonies. Pippa Grandison, Phillip Lowe, Mike McLeish and Glaston Toft harmonised incredibly well together and the melodies resonated with clarity. I was impressed and surprised that virtually every song produced this feeling and demonstrated the finesse of each of the cast. I expected the show to end with the final Seekers performance when they split but was surprised by how much came after. The second final song “I Am Australian” was a nice round off to the show followed by a reprise of “Georgy Girl”.
Georgy Girl the Seekers Musical surprised me and was thoroughly enjoyable. This musical is for fans of The Seekers, people who have never heard of them, and anyone in between. The show is a light-hearted comedy with a follow-your-dreams element. For more information or to book tickets visit the
Georgy Girl the Seekers Musical is showing at Crown Theatre Perth until the end of July. For more information or to book tickets visit the Georgy Girl website.
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