Review: ‘Mack the Knife’-the Bobby Darin Story

During the Month of March I have been blessed to see a variety of shows in Melbourne (comedy, magic and music). On Thursday night, I was invited to the new Speakeasy HQ (located in a charming old building in historic Flinders street) to enjoy Roy Maloy’s performance of ‘Mack the Knife – the Bobby Darin story’. Upon being welcomed into the theatre, the evening commenced with Lady Fox singing some sweet jazz tunes to get the audience in the mood for the music adventure to come.

 Roy Maloy appeared on stage to a loud round of applause from the audience. It was clear that  Roy Maloy had many fans in the audience (myself included!) and we were all keen to hear him sing some Bobby Darin classics. There was a spread of age groups in the audience and, knowing this, Roy ensured that throughout the night he mentioned aspects of Bobby Darin’s life and the influences on his music. Not only did the audience have a fantastic music show this evening, but a fascinating story as well. If you’ve ever seen Roy Maloy perform before, you will know what a master of storytelling he is!

 For those of you who haven’t heard of Bobby Darin, he was a singer / songwriter of the 50’s and 60’s from the USA (New York). He preceded the rush for The Beatles and Elvis and many will have heard some of his number 1 hits (even if you can’t recall that it was Bobby Darin who penned / originally sang them!). Roy Maloy opened the evening with an upbeat rendition of the Bobby Darin number 1 hit ‘Splish Splash I was taking a bath’ and even did a little dancing on stage to accompany this fun song. Roy looked the part, wearing some shades and a cool jacket.

 Throughout the evening, Roy sang a selection of songs – some of Bobby Darin’s classics, and other tunes that were sang in the style or Bobby Darin – some of which were contemporary songs, which I found impressive. Roy even took a classic Bobby Darin tune (‘Clementine’) and sang it with some lyrics about the city of Melbourne, which was well received by the audience. I was pleased when Roy sang one of my personal favourite Bobby Darin songs -‘Dream Lover’. This section of the evening certainly conjured up visions of America in the 50’s and 60’s and I regretted that I did not wear my 1950’s dress to the show.

 During the interval, clips from Bobby Darin’s past performances were projected onto one of the walls and I think that was a nice touch. It continued to set the scene for the evening, and at one point I forgot that I was in my hometown of Melbourne. When I enjoy a music performance, I’m often taken away to another place and time and this show certainly achieved that for me. Physically I was in Melbourne but with the lounge setting and the smoky atmosphere and tunes from another era, I could just as easily have been in a jazz bar in New York or a lounge in the glittering entertainment hub of Las Vegas.

At the conclusion of interval, Roy wandered through the audience and back to stage while singing ‘Beyond the sea’. It was clear that Roy enjoys that song as it was sung with enthusiasm. Roy went on to perform some classic American songs from the era, including some famous tunes about New York city. Rounding off the evening, Roy sang the Bobby Darin song featured in the show title and Lady Fox returned to sing some more smooth tunes (at times with Roy Maloy). It’s a treat to watch Roy Maloy and Lady Fox sing together as they sound great but also appear to be sharing plenty of laughs and fun moments on stage. Lady Fox sang some classic jazz for the audience but also surprised us with a jazz rendition of the popular song ‘All about that bass’.

 Verdict: Despite myself not knowing much at all about Bobby Darin, I enjoy his music style so I had a fun night. The Speakeasy HQ venue set a great scene for a night of smooth tunes and the fantastic singing talents of Roy Maloy and Lady Fox certainly took me away to another place.

Ticketing link: http://www.speakeasy-hq.com/

*Note: I attended this event as a guest of Speakeasy HQ

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