Devilishly charming and undeniably talented – Tim Draxl crooned and the crowd swooned as his new show Still Under The Influence delivered on promises and left Sydney still wanting more.
The premise of his last show was to perform the songs of his biggest musical influences, this show was an extension of that, performing the songs that he loses himself in, the ones that molded him into the performer he is, the ones he returns to time and time again.
This show features a handful of standards that Draxl’s fans have come to know him by: Stepping Out With My Baby; They Can’t Take That Away From Me; Summertime and the haunting No-One Is Alone from the musical Into The Woods. He kept it fresh by adding to the mix a gorgeous rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now and Gershwin’s Let’s Fall In Love. A great version of Amy Winehouse’s Rehab was a clever pun, given the name of his show too.
Cleverly weaving the songs in with patter about his musical coming-of-age and career experience so far, he remains a master of captivating his audience by sharing personal stories of his family and growing up. This was the fourth show of Tim’s that I have been lucky enough to see over a period of about 11 years and he continues to grow and deliver as a performer, ensuring that his fans keep coming back.
The current season of Still Under the Influence was a sell-out but if he announces plans to come back for a third time round be sure to grab your tickets fast. Once you’ve experienced Tim Draxl’s magic, you’ll never be the same again.
Tim Draxl played at the Civic Hotel Cabaret Dining Room, 388 Pitt Street Sydney.