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Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: Baby Wants Candy, The Completely Improvised Musical


Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: Baby Wants Candy, The Completely Improvised Musical

Alana Trezise

On Friday, February 15 we headed along to the opening night of Baby Wants Candy, The Completely Improvised Musical, which will be showing in The Garden of Unearthly Delight’s ‘The Box’ throughout the duration of Fringe 2019… and what we witnessed was nothing short of incredible.

After seeing Baby Wants Candy, The Completely Improvised Musical at The Garden last year, I was intrigued to return and see how different and improvised the show really was. To my delight, it was in fact a completely different musical, with different songs and characters, while retaining the amazing wit, musicality and overall showmanship that we had seen last year.

Essentially, the premise of this show is that every time you go to see it, the characters, script and music are entirely different, based on a musical title provided by the audience - meaning everything is completely improvised. On the night we attended, we watched the premiere, and evidently final showing of ‘You’re the reason our kids are so ugly’. Based on the title alone I must admit I was sceptical that it could have topped last year (Rocky Horror takes on Titanic), however I was proved very wrong.

What ensued was a hilarious story about Sadie, an aspiring model, who would do anything to escape her family at the turtle farm, in a bid to become the next big supermodel. Every character that was conjured up on the spot by the talented cast was witty and hilarious - from the model agency director, who took on an Anna Wintour-esque persona, to Sadie’s family on the turtle farm, each and every character was delivered so well, you almost forgot it was made up on the spot.

Every song that was sung by the crew fit in so well with the show, with each cast member perfectly harmonising melodies, while creating catchy tunes that stuck in my head well after we left the show had finished.

This is a Fringe show that I can happily say I’d see over and over again, because every time you go, you’re going to get an entirely new show, with the same comedic flair. If you’re not into musicals, this may not be the show for you, but if you are - this is one you don’t want to miss.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Header via Adelaide Fringe website.