Scene News: Australian Music Favourites Line Up For Arts Centre Melbourne’s Morning Melodies

MORNING MELODIES
August – December 2017

Australian music favourites Bobby Fox and Martin Crewes are among the entertainment icons joining Arts Centre Melbourne’s Morning Melodies program in performances from August – December. The feel good concerts held each month at Hamer Hall will showcase an eclectic mix of celebrated Australian and international artists performing an array of musical and dance styles.

In August and September, two of Australia’s most esteemed male singers will take to the stage in Bobby Fox: Four Seasons in One Day and Martin Crewes: To Be Frank. Fox will pay homage to the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and provide first-hand insight into the man and the band, including behind-the-scenes stories from his
first audition to his final curtain call. Crewes, the three-time Helpmann Award nominee and Green Room Award – winning star of Doctor Zhivago, Chess and Sweet Charity will explore the life of music icon Frank Sinatra.

The Red Hot Rhythmakers will have toes tapping when they present The Evolution of Swing in October. Michael McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers will take audiences on a journey through the evolution of swing while the Echoes
of Harlem will join the Rhythmakers on-stage, demonstrating dance styles like the Shimmy, the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug.Beginning with the carefree days of The Charleston in the 1920s, the next stop is the music of young jazz
pioneers such as Louis Armstrong (‘When You’re Smiling’).

In November Three Generations of Vaudeville will take to the stage when The Kermond 3 perform a show-stopping tribute to all things vaudeville. The Kermond clan – Warren, his son Wayne, and grandson Zan will deliver a unique and fresh insight into the world of the variety show, where song, dance, slapstick and comedy collide.

The 2017 Morning Melodies program will wrap up in December with the much-loved Christmas Melodies heralding the arrival of the festive season. Audiences can sing along to a collection of classics and new favourites with a soon-to-be announced host, big band, choir and a range of well-known artists. Arts Centre Melbourne’s acclaimed Morning Melodies started in 1985 when performer Betty Pounder and producer Sandy Graham decided it was time to make good use of the empty Playhouse on a Monday morning. They had a brainwave to break theatre tradition and invite people in during the day. More than thirty years on Morning Melodies has,presented more than 450 concerts and welcomed almost half a million audience members, making it a quintessential Melbourne experience.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Morning Melodies
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
August – December 2017
Bookings www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE’S MORNING MELODIES 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Bobby Fox: Four Seasons in One Day
Monday 14 August
11am & 1.30pm

Handpicked for the Australian production of Jersey Boys by Frankie Valli himself, Bobby Fox performed over 850 performances in the lead role. Now, he returns to the stage, taking audiences through his Jersey Boys journey with all of your favourites, including ‘Oh What a Night!’, ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk like a Man’, ‘Grease’, and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.
Celebrate the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and enjoy Bobby’s first-hand insight into the world of this legendary man and band, including behind-the-scenes stories from his first audition to the final curtain call.

Arts Centre Melbourne present
Martin Crewes: To Be Frank
Monday 11 September
11am & 1.30pm
Join Martin Crewes, the three-time Helpmann Award nominee and Green Room Award-winning star of Doctor Zhivago, Chess and Sweet Charity, as he explores the life of a musical icon. From the humblest of beginnings as the only child of Italian immigrants, Frank Sinatra rose to become one of the best-selling musicians of all time, an Academy
Award winning film star, and the hard-drinking leader of the infamous Las Vegas Rat Pack. Under the expert musical direction of Denis Follington, this Morning Melodies first will feature many of Sinatra’s best, including, ‘I’ve Got The World On A String’, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’, and of course ‘My Way’.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
The Evolution of Swing
Monday, 2 October
11am & 1.30pm

Join Michael McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers as they take you on a journey through the evolution of swing. Echoes of Harlem will join the Rhythmakers on-stage, demonstrating dance styles like the Shimmy, the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug.Beginning with the carefree days of The Charleston in the 1920s, the next stop is the music of young jazz pioneers such as Louis Armstrong (‘When You’re Smiling’). Then the Rhythmakers showcase the exciting new sounds that had Harlem a-swinging even as the Great Depression was beginning featuring the likes of Duke Ellington (‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’).Finally, the band will celebrate the swing celebrities who rocketed to stardom in the mid-1930s, with a
selection of famous tunes by Benny Goodman (‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’), Billie Holiday (‘All of Me’) and many others.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Three Generations of Vaudeville
Monday 6 November,11am & 1.30pm

Join three generations of the Kermond clan – Warren, his son Wayne, and grandson Zan – in a show-stopping tribute to all things vaudeville. This intergenerational romp delivers a unique and fresh insight into the all-too-quickly vanishing world of the variety show, where song, dance, slapstick and comedy collide. Be part of Australian theatre history,
witnessing national treasure Warren Kermond not only sharing the limelight, but passing the entertainment baton down the family line as they delight, titillate and amuse!

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Christmas Melodies
Monday 11 December
11am & 1.30pm

The ever-popular Christmas Melodies returns again to herald the arrival of the festive season. Sing along to a collection of classics and new favourites with a special host and a range of well-known artists. Bring the whole family or a group of friends and enjoy some Christmas themed entertainment with a big band, choir and special guest vocalists to be
announced.

For more information about Arts Centre Melbourne visit artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183. Become a fan of Arts Centre Melbourne on facebook or follow @artscentremelb on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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