Thoughts on Disney Under The Stars

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When: March 5th, 2016
What: Disney Under The Stars with David Campbell, Ricki-Lee, Lucy Durack and Harrison Craig
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t enjoy a Disney tune? Seriously – if you don’t like one little song, let me know. I would love to hear about who you are and why you don’t like the catchy tunes of a Walt’s musical. I just don’t think it is humanly possible.

So, naturally, when I heard about this Disney Under the Stars concert, I didn’t even hesitate to buy a ticket. Take four talented singers singing classic songs that I love – what’s not to love?! – singing hits from Frozen, The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and many more.

I thought entertainment and singing was top notch – as David and Lucy said, the great thing about Disney is that it transcends age – people who grew up with classic Disney, pass it onto their children, and then they in turn pass it on to there’s and etc etc – so they had to cover a lot of generations with their song choice – but I did find some song choices a little odd. But I would say that’s a matter of personal taste.

Although what Disney concert does not include the Academy award-winning Go The Distance from Disney’s Hercules?! You could almost say that they are limited by the range of voices – and that’s fair. I’m unsure which of the four would be best suited to sing a song. And don’t get me wrong, I think they’re all very talented in their own rights, but I’m not sure any of them have the voice for the song. But once again, that’s probably a matter of personal taste.

After all, it’s only a two hour set and there are numerous Disney songs, so it’s only logical that they can’t do them all. As a whole, they did a great job covering a wide range of musical numbers. I’m a little biased, but I love everything David Campbell sings. To me, he’s a super star, and I love watching him perform. Ricki-Lee has proven herself since her days on Australian Idol. Harrison Craig, I’m not as familiar with because I never watched the The Voice Australia. And well, Lucy Durack, always a shining star during every musical number.

If you like Disney, and if you like the four performers then there’s no way you won’t enjoy the show. It’s perfectly put together – and the backing screen ads for some colourful magic. Frozen, of course, was the biggest crowd pleaser of the night – with Lucy and young contest winner, Matilda, dueting Do You Want To Build A Snowman?; David and Lucy’s rendition of Love Is An Open Door; Harrison’s In Summer; and the ever-popular Let It Go, sung beautifully by Ricki-Lee.

My only negative was the Sidney Myer Music Bowl itself. Firstly, it was hard to hear any of the witty banter – I only say witty as we could hear the people closer to the stage laughing – through the dull speakers. This wasn’t a problem when they were singing, but it took a lot of effort to hear any kind of talking. This was extremely difficult with kids running around and screaming, and the general noise of the big crowd.

My advice to anyone going to see the show, or any show at the Bowl, would be to either pay extra to sit near the front or get there as early as possible – because if you’re unfortunate, like we were, you will end up on a heavy slant hardly able to see the stage. If it wasn’t for the big screen near where we were sitting, we wouldn’t have been able to see anything at all. Also, the merchandise stand ran out of programmes and CDs by the end of the night, so make sure you get in first!

Oh also, Melbourne, way to not bring out the stars! I saw maybe three stars – so much for under the stars haha! Although, David illuminated Melbourne with a sea of crowd mobile phones. Also, top marks goes to the guy who held up his baby ala below, during The Circle of Life. I’m unsure if the four performers could see him from the stage, but it had the crowd around us in an uproar of stitches. So good!

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If they ever decide to bring the show back to Melbourne – I will definitely go again – but this time, I will happily pay that little bit extra to sit near the front of the stage. It will be worth every single extra penny.

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