Movin Melvin: Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr
- Martin C Strong
- 16 August 2009
This article is from 2009.
Hitting the Road . . . with Melvin
The aptly-monikered Movin’ Melvin is the complete entertainer, now deservedly acclaimed after many years in the world of showbusiness.
His flashy entrance by way of silver hot pants and braces, and a lengthy tap-dance routine sets the pace for an eclectic, white-shoe-shuffle evening.
Focusing on the late, great Ray Charles for the first half of his 90-minute concert, the bold-but-bald Melvin’s tribute-like renditions go down a treat with a receptive audience. ‘I Got A Woman’, Can’t Stop Loving You’, ‘Georgia On My Mind’ and ‘Hit The Road Jack’ (augmented by a tight trio plus the beautiful Francesca on backing vox), have never sounded better – even by RC standards.
With a monologue about the great man, and told with his infectious laugh, the mighty Melvin Brown moves every mountain to give 100% – and more.
The second half finds him portraying another American legend of the 50s and 60s, Sammy Davis Jr is slightly less electrifying but shows brown is the consummate performer, whatever he’s tackling.
New Town Theatre, 0844 477 1000, until 30 Aug, 8.15pm, £12–13 (£11–12)