What a pleasure it is to see Melissa Langton and Mark Jones back in Perth after a few year’s absence. These two are so prodigiously talented they make the show fly past. Langton’s voice is as powerful as ever and her range is extraordinary. Jones’ patter is still hilarious and his skill on the piano just fabulous.
With a theme like the 70s you can expect some tongue in cheek humour and this couple milk it for all it’s worth. The musical arrangements were superb and very varied.
The opening number was a rip roaring version of I’m Living in the 70s. Considering most of the audience had vivid memories of the 70s it was surprising that the lyrics, when clearly enunciated, were not quite what we remembered. Or were they always that complicated?
Rock Lobster, was followed by a wonderful rendition of Roxanne then a cheesy country version (how could it not be?) of Afternoon Delight. Short People was simply wonderful.
A highlight was the advertisement for a “K-tel record featuring Primary School Recorder Classics.” As Jones called out the songs Langton attempted the theme from Star Wars and other 70s numbers on a recorder. Very silly and extremely funny.
After a very amusing spiel about Langton’s introduction to Hugh Jackman, she launched into a Jones creation featuring a wonderful mash-up of songs about Hugh.
Langton and Jones hit the ground running and their show is a marvellous blend of song and storytelling. Good time guaranteed!
Downstairs at the Maj has had a spruce up for the Fringe with new tables and chairs. Renamed Ace’s Cabaret it remains one of the nicest rooms in town.
Still Living in the 70s
Venue: His Majesty’s Theatre | 825 Hay Street, Perth
Dates: 6 – 10 February 2018
Tickets: $39 – $42
Part of the 2018 Perth Fringe Festival