We’ve had a not-so-secret Fringe crush on Australian chanteur Michael Griffiths ever since we saw him channel Madonna, performing In Vogue at The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse a few years ago. Oh man, that handsome hunk of cabaret candy can sing and play our knickers off! Or he could’ve if we hadn’t already taken them off and flung them at his Steinway grand.
A veteran performer, Michael’s appeared in hit musicals including Jersey Boys and We Will Rock You, but for the last several years he’s been finding the spotlight all on his own as a cabaret artist. Yep, it’s not enough that he’s handsome and can sing, he’s also a talented pianist, composer and writer.
He’s made a name for himself on the international Fringe scene with his hit solo shows In Vogue: Songs by Madonna, Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox, and Cole (a musical homage to Cole Porter, for which Michael won the prestigious Helpmann Award – beating Alan Cumming among other artists), charming audiences far and wide with his playful wit and reworked piano arrangements of timeless classics.
We consider ourselves lucky to count this lovely man as a friend, and of course we’re thrilled to be supporting him professionally at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, as he brings back Sweet Dreams for a mini-run.
About Sweet Dreams
In Sweet Dreams, Michael is Annie Lennox…but in spirit only (there’ll be no cross dressing, wigs, or faux-Scottish accents, just a man and his piano).
From the gender-bending early days as half of 80s new wave sensation Eurythmics through to her stunning solo career, Annie’s bittersweet lyrics share stories of her triumphs and her heartbreak.
The show features unforgettable songs including Why, Thorn In My Side, Walking On Broken Glass, and There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart), woven together beautifully by Michael’s tender and often humorous narrative.
Catch Sweet Dreams in Edinburgh
Michael will be performing Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox at The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse (back where it all began!) 9.30pm on the 9th, 10th and 11th of August only.
Make sure you get booked as soon; with only three shows and a big Edinburgh Fringe fan base, it’s bound to sell out quickly!