Village People
Enmore Theatre 16/10/2010


Question: How to you get a room full of people to go nuts?


Answer: Put the Village People in front of them and watch them go!


Everyone from grannies to youngsters were bopping and clapping along to the Village
People
who have bumped and grinded their way around Australia on what seems like their umpteenth tour. They readily admit they have lost count of the many visits they have had to Australia but they never tire of coming here to entertain to such an enthusiastic audience.


All the familiar characters were there from the Cowboy, to the Construction Worker, the Indian, the Biker, the Cop and the Army guy.


They not only played their own classics such as Macho Man, In the Navy, Can’t Stop the Music, San Francisco and Milkshake, they also covered many other classics in what could be termed as a review of music and life from the 70’s to the present. This was done in songs such as Listen to the Music by the Doobie Brothers and You Make Me Feel, originally done by Sylvester and later covered by Jimmy Sommerville.


A highlight of the show was when they performed a Village People penned medley called Disco Trash which included a plethora of 70s disco hits including I Will Survive, Play That Funky Music, Boogie Wonderland, Stayin Alive and the like from that era. They even reminded us of what we were watching back then with references to The Brady Bunch,
Charlies Angels
and the Dukes of Hazzard.


Each of the characters spoke with the audience at various times, always poking fun at themselves and trying to get the punters involved in what could only be termed true showmanship.


The energy shown by the Village People was infectious as not only did they have the crowd clapping and singing but, before too long, they were all on their feet and yelling for more.


The encore included Go West and YMCA which was only sung after a lesson on how to actually do the actions. It seems the M and the C cause problems for us Aussies! Having performed the actions at many a party, it was great to do the Y.M.C.A. with the song’s original artists.


For the original 70s boy band, the Village People sure know how to entertain and finished off the night by shaking hands with the crowd at the front of the stage for what seemed like an eternity, the audience just couldn't get enough.


The music had finally stopped but we can honestly say a GREAT night was had by all.



P & A Bartle


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