The German Club
Until 11 Mar 2018

Review by Kylie Pedler

An absolute song and dance legend.

In kindergarten, Melvin Brown’s teacher asked if anyone could dance. Having watched his sisters, he assumed he could. This opening story is indicative of his approach to life, from performing to his “Change the World” projects. (Check them out on his website). Despite the hurdles in love and life, several marriage breakups and constant discrimination, Brown always returns to the stage. And thankfully, that means returning to Adelaide for this Fringe Season.

Brown, takes his audience on a 90 minute journey through the history of black music from the 50s to the 90s including some show-stopping numbers like “When the Saints go Marching in”, “Twisting the Night Away” and “Johnny B. Goode”, where audience members can’t help but clap and tap along with him as he dances up a storm on stage and down the aisle. As he ties each song into the significant events of his life, he shares stories of those who have inspired him.

Not only does he tap with amazing technique, he does the twist and sings at the same time! There is a unique rendition of the “music box dancer”, some moves from his years as a “wardrobe removal artist” and some flashy Michael Jackson moves as well. Well-polished, this show flies by.

Melvin Brown is a dynamite of energy with an infectious laugh, a soulful singer and tap wonder. And … when you discover his age, a true inspiration! Don’t miss this one.

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)