It’s been more than a year since Ryan Molloy’s sell out gig at the Hippodrome Casino in London. Since then he has finished his 6 years run as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in London’s West End and reprised the part to rave reviews on Broadway. In between his fans could catch him playing the hilarious interior designer Horace in Fings ain’t what they used t’be at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
And now Ryan Molloy is back in London and ready to introduce his fans to his band Suntan.
Suntan are Ryan Molloy (vocals) and Douglas Horner. The band has been around for a while but appearances have been sparse. After recording some new songs Suntan were back on stage at London’s Battersea Park Studios (former Sphere Studios) last Friday. The private gig showed what Suntan are all about: Funky music and great entertainment.
Those of you who only know Ryan through his musical theatre credits might be surprised by Suntan. The band’s music couldn’t be further away from anything you’ve seen and heard Ryan do in musical theatre. Suntan’s music feels fresh and Ryan’s vocals give the songs a certain edge that makes them stand out. And while the band certainly focuses on danceable tunes they also master ballads like the melodic “Watchtower”.
For many people Ryan Molloy is “that guy who played Frankie Valli” which is no surprise considering the amount of time he has spent performing the part in London and New York. So it might come as a shock to some to see him do something so completely different. But personally I feel he is finally back doing what he loves most. Seeing him perform with Douglas Horner, singing all those catchy songs, he seemed to be completely in his element and totally at ease with himself. And that is one reason it is such a joy to watch Suntan on stage. Ryan Molloy and Douglas Horner clearly enjoy what they are doing and they certainly have the talent, the energy and the songwriting skills to match their enthusiasm.
After the intimate showcase at Battersea Park Studios I really hope more people will get the chance to experience Suntan in the near future. I think the world is ready – it’s time to introduce the twist.
Check out some clips of the gig below and make sure to follow Ryan Molloy on Twitter @molloyofficial and Facebook for all the latest info on upcoming appearances.
I’d also like to give a special shout out for the lovely people at Battersea Park Studios who made everyone feel so welcome.