INTERVIEW: Matt Monro Jr brings dad’s legacy back to life on stage
PUBLISHED: 12:47 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:04 24 January 2017
The singer performs his father’s songs alongside video clips and tales...
Matt Monro was dubbed ‘the singer’s singer’ and ‘the man with the golden voice’, and sold a staggering 100 million records in his time including the From Russia with Love soundtrack.
Now his son, Matt Monro Jr is paying tribute to his legendary father with a new CD, A Father’s Legacy, and tour, The Matt Monro Story, which is coming to Bromley, Maidstone, and Folkestone.
Speaking to Mr Monro Jr about the show, he says: “My dad was in showbusiness for 31 years, but even his biggest fans didn’t know him. So with this show I’m going to put his life story on stage. It literally covers his life from birth to death, nothing is missed out.”
The show will feature videos from key points of the singer’s life including other famous stars, home videos, and concert clips.
“I do all the singing,” says Mr Monro Jr. “But they’re all dad’s songs. The audience will find out what the man was like, it’s full of an array of emotions. It’ll ,ake you happy, sad, you’ll laugh and cry. It’s my way of showing everyone that I’m proud he’s my dad.”
Growing up, Mr Monro Jr didn’t even realise his dad was famous, and states that he had a very normal childhood.
“I didn’t know he was famous until I was 13. He was an amazing dad, but I didn’t realise until it dawned on me that everyone knew my dad but I didn’t know everyone else’s dad.
“He still did very normal dad things, he taught me to treat people how you want to be treated, and my values and things.
“The only thing that was every a big deal was that we would go on very exotic holidays, the kind that people never went on in those days. But this was because we’d go somewhere where people wouldn’t know him, so that we could get some peace and quiet.”
Ther e is one aspect of the show which stands above all else for Mr Monro Jr, and that is when he duets with his dad.
“The only time I got to do this when he was alive was in 1977, and I remember thinking that we should do it again, but a few years later he was dead. It’s my way of saying goodbye to him.
“I don’t cry often at all, but it’s the part of the show that makes me cry everytime. I’m definitely anticipating some more tears throughout the dates coming up.”
As The Matt Monro Story means so much to Mr Monro Jr, he has great hopes for how it’ll make audiences feel.
“It’s a breathtaking, emotional, and heartwarming show. We did a trial run last year and people were coming up to us afterwards saying it brought back their own memories, and heightened their emotions. Most admitted they’d cried as well.
“Essentially, I just want everyone to know my dad. I want to take them on a n emotional journey and make them leave saying ‘wow!’”.
The story is coming to Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on February 24, Maidstone’s Hazlitt Theatre on March 9, and Folkestone’s Leas Cliff Hall on April 29.
For tickets visit churchilltheatre.co.uk,parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Hazlitt-Theatre, or ticketmaster.co.uk.