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REVIEW: "Swing and Jazz" Live at the Courthouse by Ipswich Musical Theatre Company

I am thrilled to share my experience attending the second and final 'Swing and Jazz' performance at the Ipswich Courthouse on Sunday the 10th March, 2024. The joint was buzzing with local talents belting out some divine jazz tunes, and I was delighting in it.

The repertoire encompassed classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra, and Frank Sinatra, and even Frank Sinatra! Just kidding, we got a bit of everything, including numbers from Chicago, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, and a sprinkle of Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald and more classics. Notably, the Andrews Sisters trio, the emotive duet of 'That's Life,' the father/son rendition of 'Summer Wind,' and a captivating German adaptation of 'Mack the Knife' left an indelible impression. The inclusion of dance numbers added a wonderful dynamic element to the overall presentation.

Now, the Ipswich Courthouse might not be the Sydney Opera House, but it sure did the job. Stu Fisher even cracked a joke about spending all the cash on air-conditioning the venue instead of getting a live band, and let me tell you, the audience was grateful! Big kudos to the local legends who took the stage. There's something magical about everyday folks sharing their talents, and it warms my heart. The community spirit was definitely alive and kicking at the Courthouse today.


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