THE CANDYMAN CANThe dynamic all dancing and all singing infused celebration of the life and music of Sammy Davis Jr is playing more of Australia after sell out seasons at Sydney’ and Brisbane 2009. Candy Man will play five performances only at the Canberra Theatre Centre from March 17.
“Its great to be able to take the show on the road,” said Candy Man star Wayne Scott Kermond. “We had fantastic performances with standing ovations”.
Candy Man features an eight piece Big Band, a cast of musical theatre performers and a Youth Choir – set amongst Las Vegas nightclubs, concert halls, musicals and films and with a twist of Vaudeville, all of which characterised Sammy Davis Jr’s career. The show offers an intimate insight into Sammy’s own struggle and triumph over his doubts and fears while also being two and half hours of pure entertainment.
Candy Man features all the songs that audiences around the world have sung along with including, Mr Bojangles, Singin’ in the Rain, Rhythm of Life, What Kind of Fool Am I, Hey There, Candy Man and many more.
Wayne Scott Kermond grew up in a showbiz family and has a myriad of musical experience behind him and has performed around the world. He is the recipient of four MO Awards and has long wanted to have the honour of paying homage to the ultimate Song & Dance Man, Sammy Davis Jr.
“Sammy’s life in show business and mine are quite similar,” said Wayne “it’s kind of a story of parallels”.
Kermond was inspired when in 1986 after performing in Guys and Dolls. Sammy Davis Jr, who had been an audience member approached him in the Green Room and said “Man, you are one cool dancer. Keep it up, cos we need young cats like you to take over from old cats like me.”