Movin' Melvin Brown: Just Singing and Dancing ... You Can Do It!
Slick foot-stomping but too much audience on show
This article is from 2011.
Movin’ Melvin Brown certainly got his stage name right. There’s no denying the Texan man can move. And move he does, sometimes so fast his gold shoed feet go into a little fuzzy cloud of slick rhythm and frantic toe-tapping.
The best thing by far about this gentle show which introduces children and their parents to a variety of dance styles, is Brown’s dancing. Whether he is parodying Michael Jackson meets Riverdance in a hybrid of robotic moves and foot-flicking, or going wild on a hoedown of Texan clogging he is a performer with equal doses of talent and flair and a heart as huge as his rich singing voice.
Less successful are his attempts to get the audience involved and sadly the show relies rather too heavily on this. At first it seems like the crowd have hearts of stone, rejecting Brown’s invitations to cheer and play along. But as the show puts on increasing pressure to perform -- rather than simply participate -- on both kids and adults, it becomes clear Brown is asking too much. When it works – and special mention goes to badminton-racket-banjo player Ross – it is brilliant. But without a confident crowd, parts of this show can fall a little flat.
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