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In Vogue: Songs By Madonna

August 9th, 2014 | by edfest
In Vogue: Songs By Madonna

Michael Griffiths travels through Madonna’s career in a brilliantly original production that manages to accomplish a great balance between comedic moments and pitch perfect musical numbers.

Griffiths has an undeniable charm as he lackadaisically reads from a small pink notebook before bursting periodically into song. The spoken sections provide fantastic comic relief from Madonna’s undeniably accomplished oeuvre and are delivered with the right amount of tongue-in-cheek. What could have transformed into insulting Madonna instead leads to her being portrayed in a manner where (despite occasional sly slurs), the overwhelming feeling is one of celebration.

Of course, none of this would matter if the singing wasn’t up to par. Thankfully though the performer doesn’t even attempt to recreate Madonna’s accomplished voice; instead, he makes the songs his own by altering the tempo and setting his haunting vocals against his refined piano playing.

Even with only a passing interest in Madonna this was a treat. If you are a fan, this is one show you cannot afford to miss.
Words: Ian Freeman

In Vogue: Songs By Madonna, Assembly Checkpoint, Jul 31 – Aug 25 (not 11), 18:00