“Childers breathes new life into a familiar friend…You actually forget that an actor is playing the legend. He becomes Kaye. He is Kaye.” (Broadway World)
When Brian Childers crossed paths with Danny Kaye, the entertainment giant had already passed into legend, leaving behind a treasure trove of Broadway memories and comedic films. When initially approached to play Danny Kaye, Brian dived in and learned everything he could about the comedic genius and in doing so, found a connection and an uncanny ability to channel Mr. Kaye in all his unique glory.
Having performed in numerous incarnations of the story of Danny Kaye in “Danny and Sylvia: A Musical Love Story,” (which garnered him the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a Musical), “The Kid From Brooklyn,” in both Los Angeles and Chicago and “Danny and Sylvia” Off-Broadway in New York City, Brian took some time away from channeling Mr. Kaye until, once again, he was asked to bring the music and some story of Danny Kaye to Washington DC. The one man show, “An Evening with Danny Kaye” was born and was received with Critical Acclaim.
Talkin’ Broadway said: “Childers makes you feel as if you are watching the real Danny Kaye. Every gesture is perfect and he has mastered the mimicry and dialects that were such a great part of Kaye’s performances. It is no wonder that the Helen Hayes Awards committee chose to honor Mr. Childers for this portrayal.”
With tenderness and great affection, Brian pays this tribute to one of Broadway and Hollywood’s greatest showmen. Brian Childers becomes Danny Kaye in a way that lets a new generation discover – and an older generation re-visit – a unique performer. He delivers both the performance persona of that unique comic/crooner/clown/character and his off-stage charm, creating a touching portrait of a real person while channeling rather than merely impersonating an inimitable performance style.