Dou­ble up over mu­si­cal par­ody

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - El­iz­a­beth Fabri

A MEET­ING through mu­tual friends over a gelato was the be­gin­ning of mu­si­cal co­me­di­ans Elena Gabrielle and Grant Busé’s col­lab­o­ra­tion The Shuf­fle Show - A Playlist of Playlists show­ing at Fringe World Fes­ti­val Perth from Jan­uary 23 to 29.

Per­formed last year at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val and the Syd­ney and Mel­bourne Fringe events, the popular show hits Perth this month, tak­ing the au­di­ence on a mu­si­cal jour­ney of 1000 songs in one hour.

The Mel­bournebased masters of med­leys per­form a va­ri­ety of themed par­ody mashups, cov­er­ing a plethora of mu­si­cal hits from The Bea­tles, Bey­oncé, Crowded House, Back­street Boys, Spice Girls and Eminem right through to clas­si­cal pieces from the early 20th cen­tury.

Well-known for their cabaret, Gabrielle said the duo was ex­cited to per­form for the first time in Perth.

“Both me and Grant had our own med­leys; he’s writ­ten one about the fe­male booty The Booty Mix and he’s got nearly 46 songs in that one and I like­wise had done one called TheDiva Med­ley with all the di­vas from past and present,” she said.

“Ba­si­cally

we re­alised both our come­dies were the same, we’re both mu­si­cal co­me­di­ans and did the same sort of reper­toire, so we came to­gether and thought ‘ let’s write a

THE ES­SEN­TIALS show’. The show is based around mu­sic, a univer­sal lan­guage in it­self, and then we sort of bring tech­nol­ogy into it to act as a sub-plot.”

Mu­si­cal co­me­di­ans Elena Gabrielle and Grant Busé.

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