Review 'Doris and Me' Hamer Hall

Review by Kay Sharples

‘Doris And Me’ Shows – Performed by Janet Seidel Trio

Morning Melodies

Hamer Hall – Melbourne

March 19th 2013.

“ The bitter-sweet life of the vivacious performer Doris Day was more than adequately portrayed by the Janet Seidel Trio on stage at Melbourne’s premier venue, Hamer Hall in their March Morning Melodies Concert series.

Australia’s jazz doyenne Janet Seidel, floated on to the stage joining her suited gentlemen colleagues, appropriately attired in her ‘50s vintage frock, short white gloves and rhinestone purse, and with a swish of rope petticoats seated herself at the concert grand piano and began the fascinating story of the legendary singer with  ‘Somebody Loves Me’.

And love her they did!  The large audience soon joined in, singing along to a plethora of familiar songs and medleys made famous by the widely adored star.

Complementing the music we heard Janet’s well researched narrative starting with the early days of the Doris story when she was known as the ‘canary’ of the Les Brown Band of renown, then her extensive film career and close friendship with Rock Hudson and her many decades of personal ups and downs.

Throughout the show the audience was also treated to the extra pleasure of a montage of rarely seen photographs of Doris andJanet projected on the large screen, providing an interesting insight into both the singers life stories and their many parallels.

The similarities were obvious though.  Janet looks like Doris, sings like Doris and has the same wispy, fresh and bright attitude. In addition she plays the piano with conviction, and even produced her baby ukulele to embellish a song or two.

The show was made even more special by Janet’s extraordinary musical support, her brother David Seidel on bass and Chuck Morgan on guitar and ukulele. A formidable pair.

We learned that Doris day recently celebrated her 89th birthday.

This amazing woman has survived the obstacles and pitfalls of 40 Hollywood movies, the rigors of a singing career on the road, four dysfunctional alcoholic husbands, embezzlement  and the tragic loss of her only son Terry, but, still remains the most popular female star in entertainment history.

Thank you Hamer Hall, thank you Janet Seidel Trio, and thank you Doris Day!

So, will the Janet Seidel Trio return to Melbourne soon to weave their magic?

Perhaps! perhaps ! perhaps! “