The Picture of Happiness
Brad Hampton’s tale of the consequences of keeping family secrets is tuneful, funny and ultimately heart-breaking.
The Picture of Happiness feels like spending an hour with a very talented friend who revels in the act of story telling and also just happens to sing like a dream.
Hampton and Loach were in excellent form.
Toronto actor Brad Hampton has developed an excellent cabaret show with pianist Patti Loach … Hampton is charismatic, he and Loach have excellent chemistry, the songs are just the right mix of funny, touching and irreverent, and the show’s timing is impeccable, thanks to director Rae Ellen Bodie’s careful guidance.
Big in Germany
Brad Hampton’s performance as the hilariously jaded Porno Producer, is a great addition to the play.
Brad Hampton, as the director of a porn company, is surprisingly hilarious. Though completely outrageous, he is also completely impossible to resist.
Death to Dating
Brad Hampton steals all his scenes as an idealized bachelor.
The Spiegel Show
Brad Hampton, a gloriously gay MC whose wacky antics, observations and commentary on the night kept you smiling if not laughing all the way through.
The show began with the most well dressed, debonair, triple threat of an M.C. I have ever seen. The audience was charmed to meet Mr. Brad Hampton the talented, witty, undeniably, unabashedly self proclaimed homosexual.
Brad (and Rob Merrifield) did a little number together called “If I Were a Man” that was so gorgeous it practically brought tears to my eyes. Victor and Victoria would have been proud, they were fantastic together and Brad had a voice straight off Broadway.
Brad Hampton as the MC was charming and funny, as he took the audience by the hand and led us into the seamy underbelly, imploring us to “fall in love” along the way. His rendition of “10 Cents A Dance/Brother Can You Spare A Dime” was a show stopper.
The raunchy show was so successful at Luminato that it’s been held over, and for good reason. Brad Hampton sets the low tone and the show spirals downward from there. It is delicious fun.
Once master of ceremonies Brad Hampton takes over, the fun really begins … the emcee was hilarious.
I had another magical moment while chatting with Tina Rasmussen, director of performing arts for Harbourfront and producer of the Spiegeltent’nTavern … Dry ice fills the air as master of ceremonies Brad Hampton rehearses a sultry rendition of Ten Cents a Dance. A chorus line of voluptuous dancing girls in corsets, fishnets, crinolines and ostrich feathers sway belly-to-belly with a troupe of shirtless male acrobats (stand-ins for actual club patrons).
(The Spiegel Show) is the kind of thing I can picture myself going to over and over again, especially since the acts rotate, and because I couldn’t get enough of the MC …
Performing mainly songs made famous by female vocalists and some humorous songs that display his wit, he delights the audience with his out and proud stage persona. Hampton’s clear tenor adds plaintiveness to his performance of Barbra Striesand’s What Did I Have That I Don’t Have from the Lerner and Lane classic on A Clear Day that I hear in so few versions of the song.
Hampton does a remarkable job on both Unusual Way and Stars And The Moon. There is a treasure trove of music by gay composers to be found on this album.
Shameless cuts through the dross of musical theatre to deliver a humorously gender-bent, emotionally-charged, and curiously nostalgic repertoire that tells the uplifting, tragic, and comic stories of queer romance.
Brad is among a handful of emerging artists who are pioneering an aesthetic sensibility that moves queer figures beyond comic relief.
Shameless consists of only 11 o’clock numbers. Hampton sings these ‘women’s songs,’ pronouns intact, in a clear, emotional tenor.
Brad Hampton has great pipes – the throat kind. Shameless … features Hampton releasing his inner diva by singing a selection of jazz standards and Broadway faves. Effortless and gay.
Hampton uses his warm voice to draw in his audience. He knows how to characterize a song and give it a dramatic life of its own; he can mine the emotional truths of a piece of music.
Show-tune queens everywhere: This one is for you.