Monday, May 18, 2009

Fringe review! 'Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr.'

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 12:52 PM

'Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr.'

Movin' Melvin Brown

Silver Venue

$10

I first met Movinâ?? Melvin Brown some 15 years ago, when we were both performing in a Canadian Street Performersâ?? Festival. Back then, he carried a small wooden board with him, and whenever and wherever he could find an audience of any age or size, he would drop the board and start tapping away â?? always with a broad smile on his face, and always with that fierce musical drive that emanated from his loving heart right down to his constantly moving feet.

So how wonderful it was to see him again â?? this time on a wide stage in a dark theater with a three-piece combo backing up his rhythmic and melodic fantasias. And in Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr., Melvin simply grabs the opportunity to continue his lifelong love of singing, dancing, laughing and telling jokes, all in his engaging and inimitable style.

While he can sound a little like Louis Armstrong, nothing like Sammy Davis, Jr. and a whole lot like Ray Charles, Melvin is really at his best when he sings and dances as himself. After all these years, he hasnâ??t changed a bit. There is still that infectious smile and the supercharged energy of a born entertainer. You will leave his show grinning as broadly and probably tapping your feet, as well.

â?? Al Krulick

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