The Shuffle Show

If The Shuffle Show is anything to go by, life behind the Genius Bar requires a very specific skill-set. First, you need a real passion for customer service. Second, an unquestioning devotion to the late Steve Jobs. Finally, an encyclopaedic knowledge of 20th and 21st century popular music, along with the ability to perform every last song at the drop of a hat.

If a show that is essentially the pop-music equivalent of the Evolution of Dance sounds like it might appeal to you, then this is a must-see.

Grant Basé and Elena Gabrielle meet these criteria and then some. Set around the Genius function of an iPod, the pair perform what must be an energy-sapping hour of music and dance. Songs from every last genre, from show tunes, to hip-hop, to classic rock, are taken and spliced onto one another, and then crammed into the hour. You only get a snippet from each song (four or eight or maybe twelve bars) before it’s onto the next. I’m not the biggest pop fan around but this was fantastic, from start to finish.

The show is very loosely based on a pair of employees based in an Apple store as they countdown to the launch of the newest i-whatever. But this is just an excuse for these guys to show off their considerable talents. Basé, armed with a single acoustic guitar (not even a pick!), provides the backing for the most part, while Gabrielle takes centre stage. Both get their chances to claim the spotlight for themselves though, while the other takes a well-deserved break. Basé’s chance takes the form of an homage to what can only be described as the ‘booty’ sub-genre of pop-music, while Gabriella more or less steals the show with a breathtaking run through the big names of female balladeers, from Bette to Barbara, Celine to Cher.

If a show that is essentially the pop-music equivalent of the Evolution of Dance sounds like it might appeal to you, then this is a must-see. And if it’s not, get a group of friends together (maybe a few drinks beforehand to loosen up) and get ready to be entertained. 

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The Blurb

1000 songs in one hour. Everything from The Beatles to Beyoncé, The Shuffle Show has something for everyone. Musical comedians and Mac geniuses Elena Gabrielle and Grant Busé come together to showcase their instrumental skills, powerful chops and daggy dancing in The Shuffle Show. Drawing inspiration from your favourite and most embarrassing iTunes playlists, Gabrielle and Busé take the audience on one epic musical adventure. 'A joy to watch!' (BeatMagazine.co.uk). 'Absolute genius' (MelbArtFash.com). 'Extraordinary' (Au.News.Yahoo.com). 'Amazing from start to finish!' (YawpMag.com.au).