Robert Hofmann is not just young at heart but strikingly desperate about it. In a musical comedy Robert dons the attitude and attire of multiple characters (3 of them women and 1 male) attending a singing conference. An open declaration by the keynote speaker (In character Dr.Kay) that singing is for those who don't have a better skill to pursue gets the audience going.
Robert Hofmann as Dr Kay Picture courtesy John Marshall
In a humour filled hour, the versatile actor/musician perfectly combines characters, accents and songs from Sinatra, Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and gets the audience involved. The keynote speaker Dr Kay sets the scene at the singing conference. Her moves are voluptuous and her opening composition hilarious. Robert Hofmann sings a very tactfully written song with alternate lines rhyming with duck and sick however as the next rhyming sentence is about to be said, it is changed to something completely unexpected. It keeps the audience guessing at every corner.
Robert Hofmann as Sister Maureen Picture courtesy John Marshall
In quick succession and a make shift change room on stage come the next characters (costumes by Cherie Hewson). A change of clothes and a change of wig. The towering Irish Nun (not shy of the 6 foot 6 inches) in her perfect Irish accent seems to share equal stage time with the sexually-frustrated German self-proclaimed counsellor with a wild sexual fantasy. (Who sings the song composed by Hoffman himself 'you are the subject of my next sexual fantasy')
The church musician Susan Higgins plays the guitar and gets the audience singing in her song 'Jesus remember me'. If you want a sneak peek into the show, watch the showreel below.
Robert Hoffman returns solo for this event after much success at Perth in the Fringe Festival where he was the winner of the Cabaret Award WA. In this show he is supported by Tommaso Pollio at the piano.
Desperately Young at Heart is showing at The Butterfly Club from Tue 30 Sept to Sun 5 Oct.