Thursday, 28 August 2014
The World Is Winning | Mike McLeish
Written by Darryl Emmerson   
Saturday, 05 March 2011 09:50

The World Is Winning | Mike McLeishMike McLeish, singer and actor, has put together a witty, likeable show, aided by four terrific musicians, variously on drums, keyboard, double bass, accordion, guitar and clarinet (he’s on guitar too, as well as briefly on keyboard). The format is songs and patter, delivered in his usual engaging style. Coming to public notice through his playing of Keating, he has had his ups and downs (like all of us), and his latest solid gig seems to have been playing Vlad at Dracula’s Theatre Restaurant for some months, a job about which he has mixed feelings, to say the least. But the tone is jaunty, nonchalant, and nothing seems to worry him long.

The show begins quietly, and actually takes a while to ‘gel’, but along the way there are several rueful, self-mocking highlights, such as his experience of auditions for commercial musicals, ‘F# You Imported Hit Broadway Musical' Blues, glancing references to alcoholism, The Last Five Bottles, two more serious original songs, Stay and Get On Board, and a great version of Chris Isaak’s ambivalent look at love, Wicked Game. While many in the audience liked the obviously out there-tone of the more daringly-worded numbers or the rock star parody style of others, for me the slower, more introverted songs were the highlight, bringing out more warmth and sincerity in both voice and performance.

A good songwriter with a clear flexible voice, McLeish could do much worse than explore his own music, or alternatively get to work on the next good, new, small-scale Australian musical. We’d come.


the Arts Centre presents
The World Is Winning
Mike McLeish

Venue: The Famous Spiegeltent | 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Date/Time: Friday 4 March, 7pm
Tickets: Adults $30, Concession $25
Booking: 1300 182 183



Pin It

Comments (0)

Subscribe to this comment's feed

Write comment

You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 
PozibleAustralian Stage JobsMembers Area
 

Most Read MELBOURNE Reviews

Time is a Traveller | David Harris
David Harris is well known for his leading roles in a number of stage musicals and already has a strong legion of fans....
Orphans | Steam Productions
Can one incident create chaos or does it merely serve as a catalyst to bring about an inevitable reaction between two contr...
Tales of a Used Car Salesman | Drew Collet
Drew Collet, a professional used car salesman and mechanic runs over any preconceived notions with a treasure trove of stor...
Master Class | Left Bauer Productions
Maria Mercedes takes to the stage as Maria Callas, an imposing, demanding figure oozing confidence, an acute sense of self...
The Glory Box: Tenth Anniversary | Finucane & Smith
The statuesque Moira Finucane opened the show with the same totally crazy performance that impressed 10 years ago, with the...