Todd McKenney was in Bondi when a woman he’d chatted to regularly as their dogsplayed together, casually mentioned, “I think you might know of my brother …” Sometime later, following the death of that brother, McKenney was presented with three of his sequinned shirts “for luck”on the day of the audition for Boy from Oz. Now, 20 years later, McKenney is back with his show, Todd McKenney Sings Peter Allen.
This revamped and updated 2017/2018 version features more Peter Allen songs than ever, plus some special extras he has never performed before.
“I wanted to broaden it just a little bit,” says McKenney. “The audiences will get all of their Peter Allen hits with my band and backing singers, but we’re also expanding it to include some songs that celebrate the people that were big in his life.”
Put your hands together If you’re wondering if those people might include Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, you’d be right …as well as another much-loved diva or two. “He also started his career with Bette Midler and Barry Manilow and we’re going to celebrate them a little bit as well.”
McKenney will also share new stories on Peter Allen that will rekindle people’s love with the Aussie legend as well as playing up the banter that most struck a chord with McKenney when he first saw Allen live in 1977. “It was the first live show I saw– I was 12 – and I remember people not just clapping along but laughing,” he said.
“It wasn’t just that Peter Allen was a great singer and dancer, but he was a really funny chatter. His banter between songs was as entertaining as his songs and it always stuck with me.”
Favourite song? When you run through the list of Peter Allen songs, you realise just how many absolute belters the man wrote. I Goto Rio, Not the Boy Next Door, Once Before I Go, Don’t Cry Out Loud. So many hits, so many favourites, but there’s one that stands alone for many people –and it’s not the one you would necessarily think according to McKenney. “I would have thought I Still Call Australia Home would be everyone’s favourite but when the first few notes of Tenterfield Saddler are played; the place just goes nuts. It’s a great Australian song without being schmaltzy – just simple and beautiful,”he says. “You just never get sick of performing truly great songs.” Even after 20 years.
Don’t miss out on tickets to see Todd McKenney on an action-packed night of fun and live entertainment on Saturday October 28th. To get your tickets, call the Booking Office on 9677 4916 or buy online through our website
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