Earnest & Wilde tells the story of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie a little differently. The pair have reinvented popular songs and perform covers in this delightful showcase of musical storytelling.
While including the necessary facts, the show is kept timely and engaging with upbeat twists to modern songs. Ranging from an ironic cover of Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand to a new take on Rebecca Black’s infamous Friday. The two performers bring different auras to the stage and complement each other well in doing so. The meek and mild pianist is endearing and loveable and contrasts nicely with the bold vocalist bringing some oomph to the stage.
There’s a charming feel to the performance evident in period costumes, props and visuals and this is all flattered by the La Boheme venue – which appears to be the ideal location to host the show. It is a pleasant way to spend the night with its unexpected takes on songs by R Kelly, Kaiser Chiefs and Shaggy among others.