The GC's thrilling first week draws to a close with back-to- back sold-out performances of Glenn Shorrock's World Premiere bio-concert celebrating his life in music.
The week has already brought crowds to the In Concert Series line-up, with huge applause and rave reviews for Kinda Blue Miles Davis, The Bald Eagles' Hell Over-Freezes and many more. At the other end of the spectrum, renowned counter-tenor Max Riebl thrilled The Studio audience with a sublime and haunting performance in which Purcell mixed it with torch songs from the '50s and '60s.
Stunt Magician Danger Dave Reubens opened his Fringe-long season to audience gasps and giggles and UK darlings of magic Kane & Abel revealed some of magic's closest kept secrets while still keeping a lot more up their sleeve.
Then there's the first glimpse of award winning The Kagools' depth of talent with Claire Ford opening Unboxed as a curtain-raiser to her about-to- open work with Nicky Wilkinson in The Kagools' TUTTI, which comes back for more after sell-outs last year.
Movin' Melvin Brown has opened his life-story show to solid houses, with audiences being enthralled and amazed by the depth of experience - in life as well as showbiz in his 70-something years - that he reveals. Here's a man set to explore Chuck Berry in his forthcoming GC show (a hit in Edinburgh) but well worthy of legend status in his own right.
GC Director Alan Rosewarne says that the resounding message from audiences has been that The GC offers a level of comfort and theatrical enjoyment that makes a welcome change from the usual thrust-and-parry of the larger venues that largely cater to young audiences.
"We're also seeing folks coming for one show then booking others before they leave" he says. "That fits with our programming intention of making The GC a place where you can do your entire Fringe and leave very satisfied."
AND HERE COMES...
Many shows continue but opening next week are some true Fringe gems.
The music of Tom Waits nearly brought Stewart D'Arrietta down when he played his Waits show in NYC: the Waits' lawyers were waiting! But that sorted, the star of last year's near sell-out My Leonard Cohen and 25 years on the road with John Lennon Through a Glass Onion comes back to The Showroom with Belly Of A Drunken Piano: Tom Waits with a smattering of Randy Newman, Tim Buckley and more. It should be a hit and plays 18 nights.
The Kagools' TUTTI continues with Nicky Wilkinson adding her Australian premiere one-woman-show HAPPY.
Monty Cotton's acclaimed delivery of the Johnny Cash songbook plays four nights and is already a strong seller, while guitar-fan favourite Matthew Fagan debuts his Gypsy Fire Electric featuring Czech guest artist Romana Geermans on violin.
Eagerly awaited later in the Fringe is the arrival of Card Ninja, which has played to amazed audiences in Perth and won five-star reviews and award nominations. Hilarious, baffling and a huge hit.
Belly of a Drunken Piano: Stewart D'Arrietta and band
The Kagools TUTTI
Gary Tro-ke Karaoke
A Boy Named Cash
In Full Flight: Richard Stubbs
The GC at The German Club 223 Flinders Street Adelaide
Book today at: www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix or 1300 621 255