Legends In Concert
A Mesmerising Melody of Iconic Hits in a Night of Tribute Brilliance
Reviewed by Brendan Daynes
The legendary showcase that is Legends in Concert returned to Melbourne for its sixth engagement to solidify its place as the world’s premier live celebrity tribute experience. The 2024 lineup, featuring Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Cher, Adele, Elvis, Shania Twain, and Jon Bon Jovi, guaranteed an evening of pure entertainment. Leading the audience on a musical journey through some of the greatest bangers in recent history, the ensemble of tribute artists showcased their supreme talents.
In this exceptional tribute show, the cast of tribute artists embodies the essence of legendary figures, each delivering a performance that goes beyond mere imitation. Stephen Sorrentino channels the free spirit of Elton John with a brilliance that sparkles like a virtuoso pianist hitting every key effortlessly. Stacey Whitton Summers transforms into Shania Twain with a vocal prowess that resonates like a country melody, captivating the audience with each note. Jason Morey, embodying Jon Bon Jovi, ignites the stage with a charisma that blazes like a rock anthem, leaving the crowd electrified. Janae Longo, as Adele, delivers a soul-stirring performance akin to a powerful ballad, tugging at the heartstrings of every spectator. Fernando Castro’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury is a dazzling spectacle, radiating with a brilliance reminiscent of a stadium-sized Queen performance. Annika Starander Weaver, as Cher, shines like a pop diva, exuding glamour and charisma. Finally, Bill Cherry channels the King himself, Elvis, with a magnetic energy that echoes like a timeless rock ‘n’ roll anthem. This ensemble not only brings to life the magic of these iconic artists but does so with a brilliance that is metaphorically akin to a symphony of musical masterpieces. The choreography, performed with stunning skill and precision by the dynamic back-up dancers, infused an extra layer of excitement into the already electrifying performances. This combination created a visually captivating spectacle that kept the audience engaged from start to finish.
The production employs light and vision to craft a multimedia extravaganza. The clever integration of projections and the merging of footage featuring the original stars with the tribute artists on screen added an innovative touch. This seamless blend of live and recorded elements enhanced the audience’s connection with the legendary performers being celebrated.
The live band, made up of exceptionally skilled and seasoned musicians, not only rocked the house with precision and passion but also showcased a remarkable versatility that seamlessly transcended styles and genres. The dynamic backup singers, effortlessly navigating a diverse range of styles, added an extra layer of richness to the performance, resonating with both precision and soulful passion. Together, they formed a musical powerhouse that elevated the entire experience, leaving the audience captivated by the depth and breadth of their collective talent.
The show wasn’t just about the music; it was a full-fledged entertainment experience. The tribute artists engaged the audience with witty banter, creating an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie. This interaction heightened the immersive nature of the performance, making the audience feel like they were not merely spectators but active participants in this musical journey. The blend of humour and heart made the evening not only entertaining but also deeply enjoyable.
Legends in Concert is more than a tribute show; it’s a celebration of the timeless hits that have shaped the music industry. The stellar lineup, coupled with the exceptional vocal ability of the tribute artists, the mesmerising choreography, and the outstanding live band, made for an unforgettable night. Whether you’re a dedicated fan of the featured artists or simply someone looking for a night of musical magic, this is an experience not to be missed.
Legends in Concert is running from January 11 to January 27, 2024, at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit https://legendsinconcert.com/location/melbourne-australia/