****½ stars

MissCast…again! presented by Zealous Productions for Perth Fringe World 2020 features an amazing cast performing popular songs from Broadway musicals. Though there’s a catch! As the title suggests, each performer sings songs from roles they are unlikely to be cast, with hilarious results.

Featuring songs from Dream Girls, Aladdin, Chicago, and many more, each scene begins with a personal story from each performer which is a beautiful touch; though I would’ve liked to have seen the teenage photos throughout the scene, not just at the end.

Dixie Johnstone, Zac Bennett-McPhee, Christian Gerrish, Rachel Monamy, and Manuao TeAotonga have a wonderful rapport throughout as an ensemble, and they shine in their individual performances. Each performer has a striking presence and brilliant vocals that is captivating and, at times, funny and irreverent if playing more to the miscast premise; such as the Xanadu scene – but I won’t spoil it! Accompaniment by Mason Vellios, who plays various instruments, is a real treat and adds to the atmosphere.

MissCast…again! is showing at the Lotterywest De Parel Spiegeltent until 16th February (excluding Thursday), starting at 6.15pm.

Tickets $26.00

Bookings: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/misscast-again-fw2020

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