When Twisted Broadway didn’t appear last year it was missed by its Melbourne fans. This year it returns – bigger and better than ever before.
Kate Macdonald is the producer of Twisted Broadway and she said she has been blown away by the support for this year’s event.
“The response was unbelievable. Everyone was really excited to see it come back!” exclaimed MacDonald.
Four weeks ago, there were no stalls remaining. Now, as the team prepare for tonight’s big event, there are just a handful of rows remaining in the dress circle.
“It’s great for the artists to be able to play to a big house,” commented MacDonald. From its humble beginnings at Red Bennies in 2010, Twisted Broadway will take over the Regent Theatre, on the set of The Bodyguard, thanks to the kind donation of the use of the stage by the Gordon Frost Organisation.
This one night only charity event will raise funds in support of the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) & Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. VAC leads the fight against HIV in Victoria by providing care and support for people living with HIV (PLHIV), health promotion, and advocacy. VAC continues to lead the response by providing a range of services which include prevention education, treatment and care of PLHIV and counselling services.
“Our priority is putting as many dollars on that cheque as we can and so the response has been fantastic,” said MacDonald.
“The work they do is incredible.”
The concert will be hosted by Rob Mills and Joel Creasey. Performers include Paulini, Rhonda Burchmore, Michael Cormick, Casey Donovan, Paul Capsis, Bert LaBonte, Emily Williams, Jacqui Dark as well as various cast members from The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin, The Bodyguard and Kinky Boots.
The concert event will be directed by Chris Parker, with musical direction by Trevor Jones and choreography by Yvette Lee, Michael Ralph, Amy Campbell, Maxwell Trengove and Adrian Ricks.
For the artists involved, today is normally a day for vocal rest, particularly for lead performers in vocally demanding roles, like Paulini.
“She’s an absolute powerhouse!”
Kate MacDonald said despite the fact none of the artists are being paid and it’s their day off, it’s not hard to get performers to sign up to be a part of the event. She explained Twisted Broadway provides artists with a different creative outlet to what they’re normally doing.
“I think it’s really good for the shows. Everyone gets that boost of energy … and it inspires the work that they’re doing eight shows a week as well,” said MacDonald.
The whole night is a celebration of the industry. The aim of the production team is to balance the big names like Michael Cormack and Rhonda Burchmore with the incredibly talented ensemble members who audiences rarely get to see perform centrestage.
Being in the Regent Theatre, and on the stage of The Bodyguard, this year’s concert will take on more of a rock concert vibe.
“It always feels different going into a new venue, but the Regent is stunning and incredibly vast so we really had to think about making sure the numbers would hit the back wall, which in the Regent is such a huge consideration,” explained MacDonald.
It’s one night only and it’s going to be huge!
For more information www.twistedbroadway.com.au
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.au