Reviewed by Julia Bueneman
Movin’ Melvin Brown
by Melvin Brown
90 min / Music, Dance, Comedy, Storytelling / PG
A fantastic, autobiographical show filled to the absolute brim with spectacular songs, dance breaks and stories. Movin’ Melvin Brown is a spectacular performer that’s had a very interesting life. His stories take place between the 50s and 70s – you’re whisked away on a magical, musical ride through the eras. A virtuosic singer, Brown makes his way from Ray Charles, The Temptations, Otis Redding and so many more, tying each song into important parts of the story – tap dancing during musical breaks and then hopping immediately back to the story.
Seeing this show was an absolute treat. Melvin Brown is a fantastic, true entertainer and absolute legend that had everyone dancing in their seats in no time. Peppered with poignant stories about facing discrimination throughout his various careers, some relationship anecdotes and various other personal stories, this show flies by in no time at all. He’s also got an absolutely spectacular laugh that’s captivating and makes you smile in return – without thinking of it – and his retelling of growing up in one of the most definitive ages of music is very nicely done.
I had fun from the moment I sat down in my seat until the moment I left. The music was great, the story relatively polished, the energy seemingly never-ending. There is one bit of audience participation and I cannot recommend volunteering enough – though I won’t say any more to ruin the surprise.
Go see this absolute powerhouse of a man and show. You won’t regret it.
Movin’ Melvin Brown is playing at the ODD Box (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 17, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.