For Robbie Howard taking on the role of Frank Sinatra may not be easy, but it’s certainly a heck of a lot of fun.
“I just get suck a kick out of becoming Frank every night,” he told Newcastle Live.
“The thing about Frank, aside from his incredible talent, was the fact that he had a definite attitude and everybody knew it.”
The US-born impersonator will join fellow talents Sharon Owens, in the guise of Barbra Streisand and Johnny Edwards as Dean Martin in a beguiling cabaret-style show celebrating the long and storied careers of these three popular music giants.
Given the sheer breadth of Sinatra’s catalogue, not to mention those of Streisand and Martin, Robbie said that perhaps he biggest hurdle in mounting a show like this was choosing which songs to play. Or not to play.
“There really is so much stuff to get through – if we did everything we would never stop playing,” Robbie laughed.
“But an awful lot of work has gone into choosing the songs for this tour and choosing where they fit into the set. While you can’t please everyone, we think we’ve created a show that everyone will enjoy.”
Robbie said the show would be a glorious walk down memory lane, visiting in with all of those iconic touchstones from Sinatra – Come Fly With Me, New York New York, You Make Me Feel So Young – Streisand – People, Funny Girl, The Way We Were – and Martin – That’s Amore, Ain’t That A Kick in The Head, Volare.
“You will find all of the absolute classics and this show really is one for young and old and everyone in between,” Robbie said.
“That’s one thing that is really great – the fact that we are seeing teenagers come to the show and really get a kick out of the music.”
Robbie, who has the perhaps unenviable task of emulating one of the most formidable voices in popular music history, said that every night on stage was like a masterclass from Frank himself in vocal phrasing.
“Frank really was the King of phrasing – the way he could convey emotion with just his cadence was just phenomenal,” he said.
“Also the thing about Frank and the reason why he and other artists like Michel Jackson and Prince endured for so long was that they were constantly reinventing themselves. That way, it never gets stale, it’s always exciting.”
Catch The Way We Were at Wests Nelson Bay on Saturday 30 November. Get your tickets here.