Family Guy fans might be accustomed to him crooning mildly scatological tunes like “Road to Rhode Island” in the guise of Brian the dog, but the show’s creator Seth MacFarlane is sure to be remembered by music aficionados for entirely different reasons after he makes his second appearance at the BBC Proms this summer.
MacFarlane, who also provides the voices for lovable oaf Peter Griffin and his malevolent son Stewie on the popular US animated show, will treat an audience at the Royal Albert Hall to a show full of swingin’ Broadway tunes on Monday 27 August.
Following his Proms debut in 2009, he will once again sing with the John Wilson Orchestra, the British outfit famed for their adaptations of Rogers and Hammerstein classics and old MGM numbers.
The show will come a fortnight after the UK release of MacFarlane’s big band-inspired album, Music is Better than Words. The record made it to number two on the US jazz charts when it was released in the States in September 2011, despite being sniffily dismissed as “a vanity project that evades any rational explanation” by allmusic.com.
The 38-year-old’s singing was most recently broadcast on BBC2 in December 2010 when he performed at Swingin’ Christmas, a celebratory concert, alongside Anna-Jane Casey and Curtis Stigers.
Speaking before that event, MacFarlane said: “I’m a lover of classic orchestration… The setlist was full of songs that I know and love, and I figured what could be more fun than to sing them with a 92-piece orchestra?”
The seemingly immortal Family Guy is due to begin its eleventh series this autumn, and MacFarlane is also currently working on a reboot of classic 1960s cartoon The Flintstones.
See him performing Singin’ in the Rain at the Proms in 2009: