McKenney returns to Tweed Heads stage
YOU’LL get the best of two worlds at Twin Towns tomorrow night.
Todd McKenney’s Peter Allen show is nothing new but he said each tour – and each show – was fresh and unique.
From the (dis)comfort of a treadmill, the former ballroom and latin dancing champion told the Tweed Daily News his Twin Towns show would be a special one.
“I’ve been there a few times,” McKenney said.
“I saw Peter Allen there years ago. It’s really great I get to do it in a place that I saw his show.”
Having loved ones nearby was an extra bonus, he said.
“My family are on the Gold Coast so it’s always good to perform there,” he said.
McKenney has been singing Peter Allen’s songs since The Boy From Oz, the musical based on Allen’s life, first hit the stage in 1998.
But he said this Peter Allen show would be a more relaxed affair, with some insight into McKenney’s life as well, including some juicy behind-the-scenes details of his time spent as a judge on reality TV show Dancing with the Stars.
“I tell a lot of backstage gossip,” McKenney said.
“It’s a relaxed show. It’s also a very funny show.”
McKenney said his last show in Tweed Heads, about a year ago, was well received.
“We had a really, really good show,” he said.
“I love it when the the room’s full of people and there’s a really good mood.
“It’s a kind of an iconic venue, really, everybody has played there.
“It’s like the Opera House of Queensland (although it is really just over the border in NSW).” He said there would always be new stories and often a different combination of songs.
Of course, Allen’s big hits will be on the playlist.
“I’ll sing all of his big hits but then we also sing a couple of his lesser known songs that have real meaning to him and also have real meaning to me,” McKenney said.
“We never do the same show twice. I change the stories around. It keeps it fun for me and keeps it fresh for the band and the audience.”
He said the show was looking likely to sell out.
“It’s shaping up to be really good but I really want to fill it,” he said.
At the end of the day, McKenney said he was not trying to imitate Allen but put his own spin on the singer’s work.
“What I want the people to feel is to really get a sense of me as me, and not me as Peter Allen,” he said.
“They’re getting Peter and they’re getting Todd.”
- What: Todd McKenney’s Peter Allen Show
- Where: Twin Towns Services Club
- When: 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday May 21
- Tickets: $60 from 1800 014 014 or twintowns.com.au