Review: Anthony Callea And Tim Campbell Perform At Crown Casino
2008 has been a big year for pocket rocket Anthony Callea. Not only has he starred in Wicked, but his relationship with hottie Tim Campbell was made official in February. And now he’s done a One Night Only show at the Palms at Crown in Melbourne – with Campbell.
Seeing the two on stage together is a wet dream for many a guy – and girl too, if the audience was anything to go by. It was the girls who were down in the front row. It seems coming out has not damaged their careers – or their fanbases one bit.
And neither should it, because these guys are great and professional performers. Campbell started with an energetic set of camp covers like My Sharona, Footloose (with bootscooting backing dancers), and Shake Your Groove Thing. He was fun, relaxed, and the kind of guy you just want to take home to meet Mum!
Callea’s stage presence was just as impressive; confident and assured as he pumped out the crowd-pleasing hits such as Rain, Hurts So Bad, and a few surprises, such as You’ll Never Walk Alone, and his Wicked song As Long As Your Mine. But it was The Prayer that had everyone wrapt and silent waving a sea of mobile phone and digital cameras.
But the big gay moment was Callea and Campbel’s duet, Get Here. Seeing two men in love, on stage, expressing that in song in front of a mostly straight audience, brought a lump to the throat, a tear to the eye, and a swell of pride to the chest.
Review by Tim Hunter