Steve Murray

Performing Arts Reviews


Micky Dolenz – A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll

Micky Dolenz – A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll
Feinstein’s at the Nikko, August 4, 2017, San Francisco, CA

Hey, Hey, it’s a Monkee! One fourth of the extremely popular made-for-TV band The Monkees, Mickey Dolenz is both a pop star and a successful actor. In this show, he bridges his dual careers, performing Monkees hits as well as songs from Broadway shows and personal favorites. With the Monkees, Dolenz sang lead vocals on some of their biggest hits; “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” and “Daydream Believer”, all presented in this show to ecstatic acclaim.

Dolenz sang “As We Go Along” (Carole King / Toni Stern) from the Monkees psychedelic cult movie Head (directed by a young Jack Nicholson), performed The Beatles “Believe Me” in an homage to his good friends, and a rocking version of “Going Down”, one of the best Monkees tunes co-written by Dolenz.  Dolenz opened the show with Lieber and Stoller’s honky tonk “DW Washburn” from Smokey Joe’s Café, a song The Monkees recorded. A nice version of “Don’t Be the Bunny” from Urinetown (Mark Hollman / Greg Kotis) and “Mr. Cellophane” (Kander and Ebb) from Chicago showed his musical theatre side.

Mickey brought out his sister Coco for added harmonies and she rocked a version of The Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” in a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Together they performed a swinging acapella version of “Bye Bye Blackbird” (Ray Henderson / Mort Dixon). Dolenz toured last year on a successful 50th anniversary tour of The Monkees and now returns to cabaret for this engaging intelligent show.