FRINGE 2015: Axis of Awesome – Garden of Unearthly Delights: Aurora Spiegeltent – 4K

The Axis of Awesome haven’t been seen in Adelaide for several years, but they make a welcome return in the Garden of Unearthly Delights this Fringe. Their shtick remains the same – with Benny’s height still the butt of many of the jokes – but they manage to keep it feeling fresh, so why change something when it works well?

As always, there are some impressively well executed mash-ups of songs from very different genres (the clue is in the title of the show), and new interpretations of well-known pieces. The songs from Beauty and the Beast get the AoA treatment this time around, to hilarious effect, and the delight of any Disney fans in the audience which, from the sounds of it, were plentiful.

There are also ample original tracks included in the set, with a nice mix of old and new. Their response to their transition from boyband to manband is particularly amusing, especially to anyone familiar with the works of Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and their contemporaries. Some songs only go for fifteen, or thirty seconds, and that’s perfect; the guys set up the joke, deliver the punchline and move on. It helps to keep the show moving.

The crowd favourite of ‘4 Chords’ is of course included, with the usual updates to blend in newer songs. Really, this is the ultimate in hit singles – it has seemingly endless possibilities for new inclusions, so will always contain surprises for even the most loyal of fans, while also reducing the monotony for the band in having to play it so often.

The Axis of Awesome once again deliver a solid hour of polished entertainment.

Kryztoff Rating: 4K

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