Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Mark Jones and Melissa Langton - Week 8

Tristan Meecham

She’s got the moves of Joe Cocker, he’s got the teeth of Freddy Mercury. Today, we welcome Melbourne cabaret sensations, Melissa Langton and Mark Jones. Welcome to In the groove.

Melissa Langton

Hello.

Mark Jones

Hey, Tristan.

Tristan Meecham

20 years on stage together. What’s the secret of your musical partnership?

Melissa Langton

Ohhhh…

Mark Jones

Tolerance, I think. Maybe. We both have the same taste, it’s like a marriage, really. You just kind of keep working at it.

Melissa Langton

Yeah, but I guess the hard thing is that, because we do work together and live together and are married, we can’t come home after a day at work and go “God, I hate that musical director!”. “Oh, it’s you!”. [laughter]

Mark Jones

That’s right, you can but you won’t get a good response. [laughter]

Tristan Meecham

Melissa, you were in the iconic production of Pirates of Penzance with Jon English. You all became everyday heroes. What was it about that production that Australia loved so very much?

Melissa Langton

It’s not your normal music theatre production, where it’s like stand on 1, do the same thing every day. Anything could happen on stage and, with Jon English, anything – and Glen Nicholas, actually as well. Anything did happen. For example, we had one show where we had signers and John and Glen Nicholas just went to town on those signers and started saying things that they thought that maybe the signers wouldn’t be able to sign.

Tristan Meecham

Melissa and Mark, now, you have worked with some Australian performing greats.

Melissa Langton

My first show was Jesus Christ Superstar, which was John Farnham, Jon Stevens, Kate Ceberano. That was probably my all-time favourite. Tim Rice came over just to watch a show and he loved it so much that he stayed for a week. So, I’ve worked with heaps of wonderful music theatre people over the years. It’s exciting – Judy Kennelly, I loved working with, Susie Johnston and, of course, Jon English and Simon Gallaher. I can’t think who else I’ve worked with.

Mark Jones

You’ve worked with me.

Melissa Langton

Oh, with Mark, yeah, absolutely.

Mark Jones

I’m surprised you didn’t mention me first.

Melissa Langton

Oh, oh, sorry.

Mark Jones

Nah, that’s okay.

Tristan Meecham

Mark, you and Melissa performed many times on morning telly, including GMA, hosted by a hero that many saw every day, Bert Newton. How important was morning telly in cultivating a generation of cabaret stars?

Mark Jones

Bert was just really – and remains – really interested in young kind of talent and there was a time, believe it or not, when we were the young talent [laughter] and, but Bert just really being amazingly supportive through the years.

Melissa Langton

He’s a delight and I really enjoyed doing that morning television.

Tristan Meecham

You both are amazing musical teachers as well. What are some tips for the Victorian Seniors Festival audiences if they want to be become the next Australian cabaret sensation?

Melissa Langton

I think it’s about loving it.

Mark Jones

The great thing about cabaret - you just get to totally be you. Use what you have. You can make something that totally harnesses and showcases what, you know, you’re great at or what makes you unique.

Tristan Meecham

Can you introduce this song and why it’s so special for you both?

Mark Jones

Well, it’s a great song. It’s written by Neil Sedaka and made famous by Captain and Tennille and we kind of think of ourselves perhaps as the Captain and Tennille of Australian cabaret.

Melissa Langton

Yeah, that’s right. And who’s the captain and who’s Tennille?

Mark Jones

Well, I’d be captain and you’d be Tennille.

Melissa Langton

Oh ok.

Mark Jones

Although we could swap. It’s a great upbeat song and it’s, I guess it’s just about, kind of, you know, love, uniting you and kind of sticking together.

[Mark and Melissa singing]

Love

Love will keep us together

Think of me babe, whenever

Some sweet-talking guy comes along, singing a song

Don't mess around, you've just got to be strong, just stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together. Whatever

 

You

You belong to me now

You belong to me

Ain't gonna set you free now

Ain't gonna set you free

When those guys start hanging around, talking me down

Hear with your heart and you won't hear a sound, just stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together. Whatever. Whatever. Whatever.

 

Young and beautiful

But someday your looks will be gone

Well, that’s never gonna happen

When the others turn you off

Who'll be turning you on?

I will, I will, I will

I will be there to share forever

There to share forever

Love will keep us together

Love will keep us together

I said it before and I'll say it again while others pretend

I need you now and I'll need you then, just stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

Yeah, I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together

Whatever

 

Love.

Stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

Yeah, I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep keep us, keep us together

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Mark Jones and Melissa Langton - Week 8

Tristan Meecham

She’s got the moves of Joe Cocker, he’s got the teeth of Freddy Mercury. Today, we welcome Melbourne cabaret sensations, Melissa Langton and Mark Jones. Welcome to In the groove.

Melissa Langton

Hello.

Mark Jones

Hey, Tristan.

Tristan Meecham

20 years on stage together. What’s the secret of your musical partnership?

Melissa Langton

Ohhhh…

Mark Jones

Tolerance, I think. Maybe. We both have the same taste, it’s like a marriage, really. You just kind of keep working at it.

Melissa Langton

Yeah, but I guess the hard thing is that, because we do work together and live together and are married, we can’t come home after a day at work and go “God, I hate that musical director!”. “Oh, it’s you!”. [laughter]

Mark Jones

That’s right, you can but you won’t get a good response. [laughter]

Tristan Meecham

Melissa, you were in the iconic production of Pirates of Penzance with Jon English. You all became everyday heroes. What was it about that production that Australia loved so very much?

Melissa Langton

It’s not your normal music theatre production, where it’s like stand on 1, do the same thing every day. Anything could happen on stage and, with Jon English, anything – and Glen Nicholas, actually as well. Anything did happen. For example, we had one show where we had signers and John and Glen Nicholas just went to town on those signers and started saying things that they thought that maybe the signers wouldn’t be able to sign.

Tristan Meecham

Melissa and Mark, now, you have worked with some Australian performing greats.

Melissa Langton

My first show was Jesus Christ Superstar, which was John Farnham, Jon Stevens, Kate Ceberano. That was probably my all-time favourite. Tim Rice came over just to watch a show and he loved it so much that he stayed for a week. So, I’ve worked with heaps of wonderful music theatre people over the years. It’s exciting – Judy Kennelly, I loved working with, Susie Johnston and, of course, Jon English and Simon Gallaher. I can’t think who else I’ve worked with.

Mark Jones

You’ve worked with me.

Melissa Langton

Oh, with Mark, yeah, absolutely.

Mark Jones

I’m surprised you didn’t mention me first.

Melissa Langton

Oh, oh, sorry.

Mark Jones

Nah, that’s okay.

Tristan Meecham

Mark, you and Melissa performed many times on morning telly, including GMA, hosted by a hero that many saw every day, Bert Newton. How important was morning telly in cultivating a generation of cabaret stars?

Mark Jones

Bert was just really – and remains – really interested in young kind of talent and there was a time, believe it or not, when we were the young talent [laughter] and, but Bert just really being amazingly supportive through the years.

Melissa Langton

He’s a delight and I really enjoyed doing that morning television.

Tristan Meecham

You both are amazing musical teachers as well. What are some tips for the Victorian Seniors Festival audiences if they want to be become the next Australian cabaret sensation?

Melissa Langton

I think it’s about loving it.

Mark Jones

The great thing about cabaret - you just get to totally be you. Use what you have. You can make something that totally harnesses and showcases what, you know, you’re great at or what makes you unique.

Tristan Meecham

Can you introduce this song and why it’s so special for you both?

Mark Jones

Well, it’s a great song. It’s written by Neil Sedaka and made famous by Captain and Tennille and we kind of think of ourselves perhaps as the Captain and Tennille of Australian cabaret.

Melissa Langton

Yeah, that’s right. And who’s the captain and who’s Tennille?

Mark Jones

Well, I’d be captain and you’d be Tennille.

Melissa Langton

Oh ok.

Mark Jones

Although we could swap. It’s a great upbeat song and it’s, I guess it’s just about, kind of, you know, love, uniting you and kind of sticking together.

[Mark and Melissa singing]

Love

Love will keep us together

Think of me babe, whenever

Some sweet-talking guy comes along, singing a song

Don't mess around, you've just got to be strong, just stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together. Whatever

 

You

You belong to me now

You belong to me

Ain't gonna set you free now

Ain't gonna set you free

When those guys start hanging around, talking me down

Hear with your heart and you won't hear a sound, just stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together. Whatever. Whatever. Whatever.

 

Young and beautiful

But someday your looks will be gone

Well, that’s never gonna happen

When the others turn you off

Who'll be turning you on?

I will, I will, I will

I will be there to share forever

There to share forever

Love will keep us together

Love will keep us together

I said it before and I'll say it again while others pretend

I need you now and I'll need you then, just stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

Yeah, I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together

Whatever

 

Love.

Stop

'Cause I really love you, stop

Yeah, I'll be thinking of you

Look in my heart and let love keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us together. Whatever

Love will keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep us, keep keep us, keep us together