Elton John: It’s a Little Bit Funny at the Gatehouse
Growing up listening to Elton John is one thing. Meeting the man in person is another. For one lucky fan, his biggest childhood dream was set to come true, and what initially began as a chance encounter in a Las Vegas casino lobby would go on to catapult musical genius Martin Kaye to meteoric levels of stardom.
Pitch perfect is the type of performance crowds expect to witness in the hugely acclaimed and heartfelt Elton John: It’s A Little Bit Funny. The show – part concert, part stand-up – has Kaye interweaving the musical mogul’s life and profession with his own, highlighting that moment when their paths – in a pure twist of fate – crossed one another. This is no tribute act. It is well and truly a superstar, embodying every ounce the soul and infectious energy of one of Britain’s most loved national treasures, delivering to the utmost standard.
Accompanied by his wonderful band, playing eloquently in the wings (made up of “Elton” spelled out), the show is staged as an intimate gig, with Kaye on the piano belting out prominent John tracks one minute, then retreating to the couch to narrate his idol’s biography the next. Two hours flash by in seconds. And it never seems enough. The audience simply begs for more.
Packed with emotion, Elton John: It’s A Little Bit Funny is one of those shows that comes by every so often, infuses its magic on those who are lucky to witness its presence, and leaves its mark on the world. Writer Chris Burgess and producer Katy Lipson had long been searching for their Elton John incarnate. In Martin Kaye they have found him fair and square.
Photos: Ben Hewis
Elton John: It’s a Little Bit Funny is at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from 18th February until 1st March 2020. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.