Hall’s hop­ing to set the stan­dard

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Arts - Tanya MacNaughton

IT was no sur­prise when Adam Hall and the Vel­vet Play­boys sold out their sea­son of The Rhythm Spec­tac­u­lar - The Mu­sic of Bey­once at Fringe World last year.

Full of jazz, pizzazz and down­right tal­ented per­form­ers, the en­sem­ble cast led by trum­peter and vo­cal­ist Adam Hall is back for more with The Rhythm Spec­tac­u­lar-TheMu­si­cofLasVe­gas.

“It is the quin­tes­sen­tial era that our band is about,” Hall said.

“Bey­once was a nice ex­per­i­ment in see­ing whether you could re­write ver­sions and come up with an in­ter­est­ing way of pre­sent­ing her mu­sic.

“But Ve­gas just speaks right to our band and is mu­sic that char­ac­terises ex­actly what we’re all about: the fun, the style and fri­vol­ity of it all.”

Hall said the pro­duc­tion would cover stan­dards by artists in­clud­ing Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Elvis Pres­ley, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles.

Au­di­ences can ex­pect ev­ery­thing from Mack the Knife, I’m Gonna Live Till I Die, Luck Be a Lady, Just a Gigolo and Hound Dog to show­stop­pers Viva Las Ve­gas and Jail­house­Rock.

“Peo­ple will know the cat­a­logue re­ally well, which is the chal­lenge, be­cause when ev­ery­one knows the songs, they know when you make a mis­take too,” Hall said. “It’s in­tri­cate and tricky and great to put your­self un­der that pres­sure to try and do some­thing spec­tac­u­lar.”

Hall said the show would not be com­plete with­out their Las Ve­gas dancers, choreographed by Lexi Rollins.

“It’s a big pro­duc­tion, with big danc­ing and even I might have a dance, depend­ing on how well the show’s go­ing,” he said.

De Parel Spiegel­tent, Perth Cul­tural Cen­tre Fe­bru­ary 19 to 22

www.fringe world.com.au

Adam Hall in ac­tion.

The Veron­i­cas kicked off their Sanc­ti­fied tour at the Perth Con­cert Hall.

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