If you ask Mark Vincent about his experience of being in Dirty Dancing, he quickly replies, “Well I’ll tell you one thing … we’re having the time of our lives!”
Mark Vincent first burst onto the Australian music scene when he won Australia’s Got Talent in 2009, at just 16 years of age. He is the only classical artist in Australian history to have released 6 albums by the age of 20 and has sold in excess of 500,000 albums. Although he could already sing, Vincent further developed his natural talent by studying at the Australian Institute of Music. It was here that he developed a passion for musical theatre.
Now aged 21, Vincent is touring in his debut musical: Dirty Dancing (nominated for Best Musical in this year’s Helpmann Awards). Vincent plays the role of Billy – the cousin of Johnny. The first weeks of the Sydney season were initially a challenge as Vincent settled into the demands of an eight show week, but he soon found the stamina required (although he is still awe of the incredible dancing in the show).
Vincent is best known for his powerful classical voice and the move into musical theatre required some adaptation to his usual style. He spent six months preparing for the role: learning some dancing, improving his acting and understanding the character of 19 year old Billy.
When you listen to Vincent sing it’s easy to forget he’s only 21 years old. When auditioning, Vincent was even told to stop acting like a 45 year old! He studied contemporary singing styles and learnt how to be comfortable in his own skin to give him the freedom to move as he sings.
Vincent has two big numbers to sing in Dirty Dancing: ‘In The Still Of The Night’ and the iconic ‘Time Of My Life’. His voice fills the theatre and his performance has been applauded by audiences and critics alike. Vincent says people will come up to him and say, “We knew you could sing but we didn’t know you could act as well!”
Although his “time of my life” reference was an intended pun, Vincent is genuinely enjoying his time on tour with his Dirty Dancing family. In terms of his career plans for the future, Vincent would love to do more musical theatre and in particular he’d love to play the Phantom in Phantom Of The Opera one day.
Just imagine that voice as the Phantom … someone please make it happen!
Dirty Dancing is now playing in Perth.