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UNDER MY SKIN (article first published : 2002-02-22)

While accomplished musicians and singers Tim Wells and Brendan Jury have deliberately not made a concerted effort to emulate Frank Sinatra in their tribute to “Old Blue Eyes”, the title is apt.

Under My Skin, which opened last night in the Royal’s Backstage supper theatre venue, represents all that makes up the magic that was Sinatra - that distinctive and unique style of presentation and quality of lyrics which made an indelible stamp on the music world. An impression that will stand the test of generations. The kind of music that literally “gets under your skin”.

Over seven decades, Frank Sinatra produced a prolific number of songs, each one going on to make its mark. His style was cool, seemingly effortless and languid with a vocal power that could belt out the decibels if the music so demanded.

In a show that runs just over an hour without interval, Tim Wells and Brendan Jury present many Sinatra favourites. They imprint their own individual styles on the music, certainly, but they stay respectfully true to the legend.

Having performed together since their student days in the late 80’s, Tim and Brendan interact very well. The normally mercurial Brendan comes very close to the Sinatra technique, mouth barely moving, with the bodily grace of the singer in his earlier years. Always utterly dependable and secure, Tim Wells brings power to the more flamboyant numbers. Both take their turns at the piano while Brendan also performs on his violin, now so well-known it’s almost an extension of himself, and Tim plays harmonica and guitar.

The backing tracks produce a big band sound and often the violin jarred with the brass. I did get frustrated with this rich amount of sound, particularly in numbers which featured the performers on piano, violin, harmonica or guitar. A bit “hectic”, as the saying goes. It was a moment of absolute joy when they performed One for My Baby simply on piano and guitar.

Highlights for me were Witchcraft, My Funny Valentine, My Way and the inevitable New York, New York.

Whether or not you were a fan of Frank Sinatra or like his style of music, Under My Skin is a winner and well worth seeing … more than once!

Tickets R120 include a three-course meal. For starters there’s a Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad with a delicious pesto or a Potato Cream Soup flavoured with Horseradish and Vodka finished with Smoked Salmon slivers – both very good choices. Main course options are Chicken Coq-au-vin which I only tasted because red wine and I aren’t compatible but it was enough for me to recommend this dish, particularly for those who enjoy button mushrooms. The other choice is Baked Fillet of fresh Linefish impressively prepared with wood-fried vegetable strips and turmeric noodles. For dessert, there’s a delectable Strawberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Cream.

Under My Skin runs until March 9. Bookings from Gita on 031 333-6000. – Caroline Smart




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