The welcome return of Morning Melodies at Arts Centre Melbourne, the first performance for the dedicated followers for 2022, had their feet tapping and hands clapping.
With arts now gathering momentum following an almost two year hiatus, the Arts Centre is set to celebrate its 38th year of Morning Melodies with its “stellar line-up of music , theatre, cabaret, jazz and dance” each month.
Two Hits and a Ms, the first program for the year, was all tap and song by the acclaimed song and tap dance trio of Christopher Horsey, Bobby Fox and Nicole Melloy. Led by Christopher Horsey, who has travelled the world from Broadway to West End, the trio gave us much variation of tap with song to an almost full house at Hamer Hall.
A four-piece brass ensemble. drums, an electric bass guitar and a piano backed the performers through song and tap of hit numbers such as Singing in the Rain, Me and My Shadow and a vibrant 42nd Street.
A feel good dialogue had the trio casually seated around a table, telling us of how they each started in Tap and Song, all from a very young age.
With the many variations of tap, that included soft-shoe dancing vaudeville style, shuffle and slide African style, the trio captured the mood and the audience with ease.
Watch for their upcoming performances at Chapel on Chapel.
- Review by Graeme McCoubrie