Sammy lives in sweet trib­ute act

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

AS a fourth-gen­er­a­tion show­man, Wayne Scott Ker­mond was des­tined for a ca­reer un­der bright lights. The per­former is the star of Candy Man, a song and dance spec­tac­u­lar which cel­e­brates the life and mu­sic of Sammy Davis Jr. Ker­mond was 18 when he first met Sammy Davis Jr, the ‘‘ul­ti­mate song-and­dance man’’, but he says it wasn’t un­til two decades later he re­alised how the chance en­counter had shaped his ca­reer. ‘‘I met him when he was out here in Aus­tralia for some shows – my mum and dad were also en­ter­tain­ers and they were in­vited to a pri­vate sup­per party with him,’’ he says. ‘‘It was an amaz­ing night. We got up and jammed and danced. Twenty years later, I re­alised how spe­cial that night was. I met him again a cou­ple of years later af­ter a show. He recog­nised me. He came over, put his arm around me and said he re­mem­bered me. He told me how much he en­joyed my per­for­mance.’’ That ‘‘cher­ished mo­ment’’ is one Ker­mond re­lates to his au­di­ence in Candy Man – some­thing that en­ables the show to merge Ker­mond and Sammy Davis Jr’s jour­neys into one. The son of an AfricanAmer­i­can vaude­ville en­ter­tainer and a Puerto Ri­can tap dancer, Davis was sur­rounded by show­biz from an early age. He was best known as a mem­ber of the Rat Pack, along­side Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin, Peter Law­ford and Joey Bishop. A fourth gen­er­a­tion per­former in the Ker­mond fam­ily, Ker­mond was also born into the in­dus­try. ‘‘I am most im­pressed by Sammy’s ver­sa­til­ity and in many ways my ca­reer is the same – I sing, dance, tap dance, do ac­ro­bat­ics and com­edy,’’ Ker­mond says. ‘‘I tell his jour­ney and as the show evolves the au­di­ence hears my story as well.’’ A seven-piece band and a cho­rus of three singer/dancers join Ker­mond on stage in his Candy Man pro­duc­tion. The setlist cov­ers ev­ery­thing from Mr. Bo­jan­gles to The Candy Man and What Kind of Fool Am I. ‘‘I also do im­pres­sions through­out the show. But it is not a trib­ute show as such, it’s more of a cel­e­bra­tion,’’ he says. ‘‘The show is pure en­ter­tain­ment with pure song and dance.’’

Wayne Scott Ker­mond’s Candy Man plays Twin Town on Satur­day at 8pm. Tick­ets are $39.


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