In this irreverent reimagining of the Jazz Age, 'Razzle Dazzle Riot' is the glitzy 'Gatsby meets Coachella' that Brisbane Festival needs.
From the creators of the smash hit ‘Boy & Girl’ show, 'Razzle Dazzle Riot' brings together a glam squad of drag bombshells and badass babes for an opulent overload of sequins, song and circus. Nothing short of magical, it’s complete with smooth vocals, a spectacular jazz band, and comics, to keep your toes tapping and your drinks flowing.
A show like 'Razzle Dazzle Riot' wouldn’t be as elaborate as it was without a line-up as bright as the set itself, so there was no surprise when the show was opened by the ever-sassy Garret Lyon, alongside the smooth vocals of Franky Smart. The two introduced the spectacular jazz band who accompanied the show with their awe-inspiring melodies, as well as the striking T'La and Demi who wowed the crowd throughout the night with their spectacular cirque performances. And, of course, an Oscar Production Company show wouldn’t be complete without Miss Poodle and Scarlett Fever, whose audacious performances unsurprisingly stole the show.
Mesmerising is an understatement when describing 'Razzle Dazzle Riot'. Described as ‘neon chaos’, the show combined an unique array of acrobatics, R&B classics and a surprising amount of sports references for a cabaret show. You won’t know where to look as Demi shows off on a pair of rollerskates, and a disco ball spins above the audience, but you’ll know for sure that you won’t want to miss anything! Full of unexpected turns, each act will catch you off guard (in a good way!), making every minute pleasantly surprising, and vividly riotous.
The stand-out for the show is easily the captivating vocals of Franky Smart, combined with the harmonious Garret Lyon and backed by the talented jazz band. Between them, their renditions of hits by Cyndi Lauper and Bruno Mars are something magical, and are worth buying tickets for alone. The hilarity that ensues as Miss Poodle and Scarlett Fever grace the stage with their whimsical outfits and crowd-pleasing acts are reasons to see it again (and again!).
With a warning at the beginning that you should always have a drink in your hand, and encouragement to head to the bar during the ‘boring parts’ of the show, there was not a moment where eyes weren't locked on the stage, making it impossible to find a ‘boring part’. We were grateful that the bar was within earshot and prime stage viewing, so we didn’t have to miss a second!
Colourful, unexpected, and downright hilarious, 'Razzle Dazzle Riot' is one of Brisbane Festival’s unmissable shows: Sequins, song, and a whole lot of sass!