After the enormous success of Bringing Bach Bacharach, reprised whenever they could find an empty date at the Ellington Jazz Club, clever collaborators Libby Hammer and Ali Bodycoat have a new tribute show to film theme composer Henry Mancini.
This was the final show in an all-too-brief season but the ladies announced during the show that they would be bringing back seasons of both productions later in the year.
Hammer and Bodycoat are supremely professional and always mount an excellent show. This is the second show of theirs I have seen vocalist Rob Pring and he is a delight, shamelessly dressed, even flaunting a pink fluorescent suit.
While the Bacharach numbers are much more familiar to audiences, chiefly due to their witty lyrics and of course frequent airplay. This phenomena was demonstrated in Bringing Back Bacharach where the audience sang along with gusto.
Henri Mancini’s numbers are of course familiar including his trademark themesfor enormous film hits like Peter Gunn, Baby Elephant Walk, The Pink Panther and Moon River among others. And it’s fair to say the sold-out audience was more than receptive to this show – but it didn’t quite live up to the wholehearted audience participation and reaction to the Bacharach show.
Partially this was due to the fact that the Bacharach show was outrageously amusing with wonderful sight gags (large white cards held up with commentary on the perilous state of the romance between boy and Girl). There was a little of this in Pink Mancini but not enough.
I look forward to a tighter re-working of this production later on the year.
As always these artists surround themselves with the best musicians and their swinging 5-piece band of merry accomplices was in top form.
Watch out for season announcements later this year.
Mo Productions presents
Pink Mancini with Ali Bodycoat, Libby Hammer and Rob Pring
Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club | 191 Beaufort Street, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 1 & 2 February 2020
Part of the 2020 Fringe World