In the intimate surroundings of the New Steine Hotel we were treated to a cabaret of songs from old blue eyes. And indeed, Scott Free does have those twinkling blue eyes. He pretty much has all of Sinatra’s telltale phrasing and mannerisms off pat, too. Not that it is a slavish impersonation – well for a start, Frank was never gay, was he? Choosing a selection of his greatest hits but including a few less well known numbers was a great idea, too. From time to time he was joined on stage by a dancer who was clearly held back by the lack of space, but this did nothing to detract form the fact that this show is pure fun and she certainly added to that. I felt that the entire thing would have been raised a bar had there not been flashing lights behind the act and had the format been perhaps darker and the seating more cabaret style with small tables and chairs, perhaps candle-lit. But these are small points compared to the obvious vocal talents of this man and his easy, natural charm.
The New Steine Hotel, 15 May