Richard Shelton Sings His Heart Out….

Richard Shelton is quite the performer extraordinaire…as he sings  of the Sinatra songbook and a treasure trove of jazz faves at a recent West Hollywood venue amongst friends and fans.  As part of Britweek 10, 2016, this enlightening Englishman swooned and crooned in a most intimate of venues.  One amazing standout song, “For Once in My Life,” totally unmiked, a capella, as it were, wowed the crowd, as well as other perennial faves, including “Just in Time,” and “Mack the Knife.”  Richard expressed himself brilliantly; his lighthearted banter with the audience was natural and spontaneous, while his accompanying musical ensemble did not disappoint.  His aura is top notch, reminiscent of my mom’s all time favorite, Tom Jones, when he sang the all time classic, “It’s Not Unusual.”  Although Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones are clearly inspirations, Shelton’s renditions of each song are clearly his own signature.  Each song outdid the next, inviting audience requests, de riguer, with riveting favorites like “Beyond The Sea,” “The Lady is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

One could feel his thrilling energy throughout the room, as he belted out “My Way,” his particular favorite, earning a standing ovation of praise and applause.  Richard is extremely comfortable in his own skin, as he sang “You’ve got me Under Your Skin,” quite apropos. The band was talented in its own right, able to adapt to his constant call for improvisation.  This  British entertainer  is ‘American as apple pie with American cheese,” quite comfortable on either side of the world, and surely deserving of fans and admirers worldwide.

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About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at and my email is
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