“It’s my little Prince moment,” says Troy Adams of performing the pop legend’s “Kiss” during Love Train
. “I go out into the audience and every night it’s different. . . One night I slid right across the top of a booth. It’s a party for two hours. We go onstage and have fun. Well, it is a lot of work . . .” Adams understates the work involved. The cast hit the stage at full throttle, dancing and singing their hearts out, and don’t let up until the curtain call is finished.
Billed as “A musical revue celebrating the best of soul and R&B,” Love Train
is a collection of greatest hits from the greatest. “The influence of black artists from the ’50s and ’60s is huge. Those artists were slamming,” Adams says. “It’s everywhere. If you listen to Coldplay, it’s there in the roots. Music seems to be meshing into another form; it’s not a colour, it’s not a style.”
Adams dances up a storm and sings some classic tunes — “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” is a highlight — but his favourite is “Ain’t No Sunshine.” “It starts off just guitar and me, not a full band. We build into it. I cherish those. It’s hard to gauge how those moments are received.” Judging from the hush that descends over the audience as Adams’ rich vocals fill the room with longing and lust, it is received just fine.
“There’s a ‘Soul Pride’ section where I’m happier than a bug in hoo-ha,” Adams laughs. “I don’t even sing; I’m just dancing ’70s full-out, just the guys. ‘Express Yourself,’ ‘Soul Man’ . . . It’s in our genes; we remember this.”
Love Train continues until Sun, Feb 10 at Stage West Mississauga, 5400 Dixie Rd, Mississauga. stagewest.com. See the full review of Love Train at fabmagazine.com.