Submitted by Simon Parris on Thursday, 9th Dec 2010
The Boy From Oz has extended its upcoming season before it even opens.
Australia’s favourite song and dance man and the original creator of the role of the legendary Peter Allen, Todd McKenney is returning to the Arts Centre’s State Theatre in January in The Boy From Oz. Following the recent sellout winter season, The Production Company has responded to public demand with this return Summer Season and now with the very strong demand for tickets, the Arts Centre is co-producing a further week in February.
The Boy From Oz was reviewed by Theatre People in its winter season in August.
This Summer Season runs from January 5 to 16 and now for a further 8 performances, between February 9 and 13. A Sydney season at the Capitol Theatre from March 2 to 17 will follow this Melbourne season.
Todd McKenney said recently “This show has given me so much joy over so many years, and I’m excited to be coming back to this great role in this spectacular new production.”
Directed by Nancye Hayes with John Foreman as musical director and Andrew Hallsworth as choreographer, this critically acclaimed all new version features many of Peter Allen’s best loved songs, including Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage, Everything Old is New Again, Tenterfield Saddler, I Honestly Love You, I Still Call Australia Home, Don’t Cry Out Loud and the show stopping I Go To Rio.
Widely regarded as Australia’s most popular musical, The Boy From Oz ran for a total of 766 performances in the late 90’s and was the first Australian musical to enjoy a sellout season on Broadway.
It tells the funny and touching story of the dazzling Australian entertainer Peter Allen, from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame as an international star. Singing in country pubs from age 11, Peter Allen survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at age 16. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to become a loved international star and an Oscar-winning songwriter.
The brilliant Christen O'Leary plays the legendary Judy Garland. Robyn Arthur plays Allen’s mother Marion Woolnough. Fem Belling plays Liza Minnelli and in the role of Greg Connell will be Alex Rathgeber. This Production Company show features fifty artists on stage.
Photo: Jeff Busby