Printable CopyAJ HOLMES: YEAH, BUT NOT RIGHT NOW
Gluttony
Until 15 Mar 2020

Review by Talia Gaertner-Jones

Stepping into the intimate tent that is The Bally in Gluttony, with just a keyboard and guitar on stage, I turned to my friend puzzled and said, ‘This guy used to be on Broadway and now he’s performing in this tiny tent?’.

There is no denying that AJ Holmes has talent, having played the role of Elder Cunningham in “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway, The West End and Australia – as well as being a writer for South Park and co-composing “A Very Potter Musical”. So, what brings this Broadway star to a tiny tent at the Adelaide Fringe?

Holmes is premiering his one man show, written by him, “Yeah, But Not Right Now”. Beginning with a song of the same name we learn the ins and outs of where this performer’s life has taken him over the past decade. With songs composed by him, Holmes hilariously sings through his life experiences from his mum being on social media, his first (and possibly only true love) with whom he parted when he was picked up to perform in the “The Book of Mormon”, through to his egocentric performing years, the loss of his grandmother (who sounds like one of the coolest Grandmas around!), to where he is now.

Towards the end of the show, Holmes goes back to reminisce about the girl he said goodbye to at the age of 23 and wonders whether, if he wasn’t so caught up in the fame and wanting to be adored by everyone, he would still be with her. Sometimes it just takes a few years to work it all out.

If you have any nights spare for the rest of the Fringe season, get in quick to see this show. Holmes’ friendly demeanour, incredible voice and clever and humorous songs and anecdotes are sure to leave you smiling. Regardless, if you are a musical theatre nerd or not, this show will relate to everyone.

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)