The show must go on

00:20, Aug 28 2012
Gary Mullen as Freddie Mercury
Gary Mullen and The Works do a sound check ahead of their performance at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill last night.

It was an ass slappin', toe tappin' night at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill last night when Freddie Mercury impersonator Gary Mullen and his band The Works came to town for the final show of their four-week New Zealand tour.

Freddie Mercury lives on in Mullen's energetic performance and outstanding vocal range.

With the same flamboyant stage persona and highly theatrical style as Mercury, he kept the audience entertained for about two hours.

Replicating Mercury's famous, skin-tight, white pants and shirtless torso, he gyrated his hips, flexed his legs and cheekily slapped his bottom through hits including Under Pressure, Somebody to Love, Radio GaGa, We Will Rock You and finished with We are the Champions.

Throughout his performance, like Mercury, Mullen held the audience in the palm of his hand and charmed them into participating in the show.

At first, the reluctant audience were slow to warm and did little more than clap for the first few songs but with a some coaxing from Mullen and a few fans in the front row showing how it should be done, the party finally started.

Cheeky remarks such as:"If you came here to sit on your asses and look at mine, then leave now ... don't be boring, get up and party" eventually got the audience into joining in with the show.

By the end of the night, everyone in the Civic was dancing down the aisles, waving their arms and singing along, just having a good time.

The show must go on for Mullen who returns to the UK today but if you missed this performance make sure to catch him when he returns to New Zealand in 2014.


The Southland Times