Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Dunstan Playhouse
Until 18 Jun 2022

Review by Doug Phillips

The only problem with this show is its season: one show only, in the world’s largest cabaret festival, is just not enough. In a packed Dunstan Playhouse tonight, just under 600 people were treated to an incredible and hilarious journey through the genre of Musical Theatre, and fans of the genre who missed out should be absolutely kicking themselves.

I don’t think I’m giving away too much by revealing that they didn’t make it through Every Musical Ever. However, the number they did get through was impressive. More impressive was the way in which it was done. This is a comedy, with great music and songs (obviously), and is a magnificent retrospective, tribute, and homage to the world’s most loved style of live performance.

The cast’s voices were strong and loud. The comic timing was perfect. The plot is minimal, which is part of its charm, and the combined result is a runway train ride through our most loved musical characters and songs, all with a unique and amusing twist. The laughs don’t stop, and 80 minutes feels like 20.

There’s so much more I’d like to write about this show, but as a musical-theatre-tragic myself, I don’t want to spoil any of the jokes for future audiences. I’m sure this production will make its way back to Adelaide in the near future, so I’m reluctant to comment on its many brilliant moments. Just trust me, if you’ve ever enjoyed a musical, from Gilbert and Sullivan through to Mackintosh and Webber, don’t miss out on a ticket to “Every Musical Ever” next time it comes to town.