This was a challenging gig for singing dance man, Dale Pengelly and his two sidekicks, Maureen Bowra and Jenny Usher; a brightly lit hall, a cavernous, all but empty stage, and sound desk settings that had the vocals majorly overwhelming the backing music at times.
The trio rose to the challenges, and, with a combination of personality, talent and charm, took us on a bright and lively tour of Dale’s sparkling career, through favourite songs, visual memories and entertaining anecdotes.
We sang along with Sinatra, Dino, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and other classics from the Crooner’s Songbook. We tapped our feet to songs from Dale’s illustrious stage career; from shows such as Hello Dolly, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Singing in the Rain and The Boy From Oz.
We ooh-ed and aah-ed at his stories of meeting the Queen, and of backstage catch-ups with celebrity audience members. A highlight was his telling of a performance of Hot Shoe Shuffle in London’s West End, when they were joined on stage by Harry Nicholas, of the fabulous 1930’s tap-dancing duo, The Nicholas Brothers.
Yes, we sang, tapped and smiled our way through a very entertaining evening of all-time favourite tunes, as we got to know more about this talented, charming Aussie song and dance man, from Gladstone in Queensland.
Oh, and we got to sing a cheery and grateful Happy Birthday to him at the end of the night. Thank you, Dale, for a great night out.
Catch Dale and the The Loungin’ Ladies at one of the other Lounge Suite performances, venues below.
The Lounge Suite continues at Queensland Russian Community Group, 19 Lotus Street, Woolloongabba on May 12, 25 and 26. Performances also on May 18 and 19 at The Retro Bar, 4/2071 Moggill Road, Kenmore.