Just a Couple of Song & Dance Men
The history of stage and screen entertainment is riddled with famous song and dance men. But it was during the golden era of Hollywood that these men came into their own. Demanded for Broadway shows and the latest hits of the silver screen, these legends shaped the entertainment landscape and influenced many of the performances we see today with their triple threat skills and unmatchable stage presence. From Donald O’Connor to Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby to Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Mikey Halcrow and Shay Debney take the audience on a journey through these talented figures that have lain their mark on stage performance in Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men.
The song and dance men of the Hollywood era introduced a series of numbers and dance routines which are routinely covered today – and that’s no mean feat taking these iconic songs and adding your own spin. However, Mikey Halcrow and Shay Debney who lead this new touring production have an even more gargantuan task on their hands, literally stepping into the shoes of Hollywood greats Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly – among others – recreating some of the numbers that they were most well-known for. But they nail it with ease.
The pair grace the stage with a mastery of both tap and jazz dance styles filling the small space of Chapel off Chapel’s the Loft with ease. Despite the limited space to show off their fancy footwork, these two wow the audience in a mixture of solo numbers and moments together. Particular highlights of the night include their rendition of The Candyman Can which audiences will recognise from the acclaimed film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Singin’ in the Rain and pretty much every number to two swap their shoes over for a tap routine.
Following those tap numbers, it was difficult not to be so taken by their skills that you immediately booked yourself into a tap class during interval to try and get an ounce of that talent.
However, their impressive skills didn’t end with their feet. Many moments in the show allowed Mikey and Shay to let their vocals shine through in these golden era standards including De-Lovely, My Way and an audience sing-a-long to the iconic Hello, Dolly!.
This talented twosome were accompanied by a trio who felt lifted straight out of an out-of-the-way jazz bar. Directed by Shanon Whitelock on piano, he was joined by Conrad Tracey on Drums/Percussion and Glen Davidson on Double Bass. This trio provided the perfect support bringing to life these classic tunes with a timeless and relaxed style found in jazz bars everywhere.
For any fans of the musical theatre classics, or those who reminisce over the good ol’ fashioned Hollywood movies, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men is a must see show running at Chapel off Chapel until November 25. Taking the audience on a trip down memory lane, there’s nothing quite like the great song and dance men of the past. However Shay and Mikey bring these legends back to the stage with their incredible performance. Don’t miss out before it leaves Melbourne to travel around the country.
To purchase tickets to this limited run, visit www.chapeloffchapel.com.au