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August 7, 2006

Edinburgh Festival: Pop Art – Montezuma’s Revenge

The Herald (UK)

A cappella boy bands have been a growth area over recent Fringes. So new arrivals need something different to stand out. Dutch quintet Montezuma's Revenge do it with self-mockery, choreography and magic, which includes making a bottle of wine disappear, although not in the traditional Fringe sense.

They have the requisite precision harmonies, with a Beach Boys-rich sound in places, and the now-mandatory beat box impersonations, which they use sparingly. But what's most refreshing about them is that the audience isn't just invited to marvel at how clever they are. These guys entertain, and with a repertoire that manages to pitch Charles Aznavour in with Grace Jones, Santana and Frank Zappa at that.

There are weaknesses: Prince's Sign o' the Times doesn't really work and Sunshine on Leith, a nice local touch though it is, gets a bit cheesy. But unless you're the chosen one, their enactment of the Jackson Five's I Want You Back is a hoot and the sequence where the bumbling dancer gets kicked all over the shop – then turns into the star – is worth the ticket price itself. Until August 28.

Posted by acapnews at August 7, 2006 10:47 PM