Antony Ginandjar is in high demand. If he’s not back-up dancing for Jessica Mauboy at the MTV awards, he’s choreographing shows for Sydney’s top drag queens.
From 27 June, you can catch Ginandjar as part of the chorus in Candy Man at the Theatre Royal. The new show celebrates the life and music of Sammy Davis Jr.
The way the show is written allows the audience to get to know each performer on stage. This makes Candy Man such a fantastic production because usually in a large cast an audience would only get to know the leads, Ginandjar told SSO.
There’s an amazing eight-piece big band that plays behind us every night. There is nothing like singing and dancing to live music, especially when this show has some of the best musicians Australia has to offer.
After sell-out seasons in Brisbane and Perth, the show, which also stars Wayne Scott Kermond, has a limited season of nine performances in Sydney.
Ginandjar said Candy Man is reminiscent of the bandstand era with great use of lighting in the set.
You can also hear all those wonderful great standards such as Bye Bye Blackbird and Mr Bojangles, not to forget the title song Candy Man. I sing back-up in Rhythm of Life, Me and My Shadow, Gonna Build a Mountain, he said.
Sammy’s music has touched the hearts of the global community. I’m sure some of his tracks have hit the stage of many a drag show around the world.
info: Candy Man runs from Saturday 27 June to Sunday 5 July at the Theatre Royal. Tickets start from $45. Bookings on 132 849 or visit ticketek.com.au.