REVIEW – High Fidelity – The Musical.

By Hayley Anschutz.

The Roleystone Theatre who in the past has given us West Side story, Me & My Girl and Trailer Park, hosts what is a wickedly funny stand-out show.

Cosby sweaters, ex-girlfriends, batman shirts, whiskey and a Steven Segal ponytail, High Fidelity –The Musical has it all.

Having debuted here in 1994, Director Kirsten Twynam-Perkins is back with a show she says, she has been dying to put together for years. Twynam-Perkins, best known for her award-winning production – Bare – a rock opera , which was named best musical of the year at the Robert Finley Awards. Gives us a story of music-loving, record fanatic Rob Gordon, a man in his middle 30s who had recently broken up with his girlfriend Laura.

Adapted from bestselling book by Nick Hornby and made into cult movie with John Cusack, the script is already brimming with great expectations. The story follows Rob and his inner thoughts, as he has to come to terms with his girlfriend’s break-up and follows the hilarious behaviours of fellow characters in his life.

Set in music store ‘Championship Vinyl’ which is a torch to 80’s grunge decor. This is a hipster’s fantasy. The show is full of references to quirky bands and rock n’roll to please those hard-core music lovers. And a list of insanely quotable musical numbers that offer up the honest, poignant and funny mixed tape of what is Rob’s life and romances.

The performance by lead actors David Wallace and Caroline Perks (as Rob and Laura) are nothing short of brilliant and their chemistry as couple on the rocks is genuinely heart-warming, incredibly funny and at times brings a tear to your eye. It gets down to nitty gritty details of a relationship with humour and was so funny at times I snorted with laughter. It says things we have all at one point have thought or done in a relationship.

The cast deliver amazing performances of characters that are innately flawed. They are believable; they could be your neighbour, your brother or an ex-girlfriend. The costumes will undoubtable remind you of your brother’s wardrobe and the set might induce some flashbacks.

But on top of that the script is so clever, honest and funny, that my notebook was overflowing with quotes. It tackles love and music with anecdotes and catchy lyrics and asks important questions like:
Does listening to Pop Music make me miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to Pop Music?

The story may at times be shocking but it’s authenticity and genuine feel makes it a hit. A big thumbs up from me.
To learn where to get tickets and session times check out Roleystone Theatre page @: http://roleystonetheatre.com.au
Show runs until March 19th

image from www.allmusic.com

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