Frankly, Phil’s a huge fan
A little bit of the classic American songbook performs in Port Douglas tomorrow night (Friday, August 26) thanks to Phil Wall’s passion for the music and for Port Douglas.
Mr Wall, from Melbourne, is a crooner in the classic mould. And, as a regular visitor to Port Douglas over many years but never having performed here, he has patiently waited for an opportunity to perform at the Clink.
Finally, that’s going to happen, and in the nicest of ways too, with Mr Wall donating all proceedings to the Douglas Theatre Arts Group.
The evening will consists of his Frank Sinatra tribute, Sinatra in Paradise, with stories about the legendary singer and a excursion through his repertoire.
The second half of the show is Broadway to Hollywood featuring songs and stories from some of the great movies and musicals with songs from My Fair Lady to Matilda and Cats to A Chorus Line.
“It is an honour to be able to perform this music and to tell some of the stories about Frank,” mr Wall says.
“Hopefully, it gives the audience an insight into the man as well as his music. I was lucky enough to see Frank in concert some years ago and the passion for the song was 100 per cent – every performance was as if it was the first time and his phrasing was scintillating.
“And now to be paying tribute to the man is just marvellous, as Frank would say.”
Among his favourites to perform is Night and Day.
“To me it is almost the perfect trifecta: Frank’s sensational vocals, the incredible words and music of Cole Porter and the inspirational arrangement of Nelson Riddle. It doesn’t get much better than that!
“All the Way is another beautiful song and one of the ballads in the show that through simple words tells so much about Frank and one of the great loves in his life, Ava Gardner.
“He was always very respectful of the composer’s music and whether it be a full big band sound or a single piano, he always looked for ways to convey the composer’s intent.
“Add to that the simple fact that Frank was passionate about performing and you have the ingredients for some magic to happen.”
I was lucky enough to see Frank in concert some years ago and the passion for the song was 100 per cent – every performance was as if it was the first time
Phil Wall, crooner in the classic mould, is set to play the Clink tomorrow night