He ventured to Hollywood four years ago to pursue fame on the silver screen, but this month entertainer Tim Draxl will re-emerge on the Sydney stage with a new cabaret show, Under The Influence.
Although Draxl considers himself primarily an actor these days, he told Sydney Star Observer his urge to sing was cyclical -” surprising for someone who had a record deal as a teenager.
It’s been four years since my last show and it seems every four years I get the urge to sing again, he said.
Under Michael Tyack’s musical direction, Under the Influence is a collection of songs Draxl has connected with over the years.
It’s a show of songs dear to me and which have a significance or relevance to my life in some way, Draxl said.
This show has songs from singers who have inspired and influenced me. There are songs from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.
Since relocating to Hollywood, Draxl has scored roles in four major films, all of which are awaiting release. His long-awaited film Ivory, in which he co-stars with Martin Landau, playing an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, is expected to premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
While he thanks a combination of good management and a great agent for his success, Draxl said it was also about being in the right place at the right time.
It hasn’t been altogether easy, especially with everything that happened in Hollywood last year, and it has been hard for everyone, he said.
I was lucky to land my on feet and book a job straight away. I just finished my fourth film a couple of weeks ago.
But at times -” and it does sound cliched ­-” it’s got a lot to do with looking the part and really fitting into what the casting director has in mind.

info: Catch Tim Draxl and his show Under The Influence at the Supper Club until Saturday, August 22. Bookings on www.moshtix.com.au or visit www.poloandsupper.com.au for more information.

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