The Boy From Oz – Original Company ‘I Go To Rio’ Virtual Reunion

Fundraising for the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW


The Original production of Gale Edward’s musical The Boy From Oz made its World Premiere in 1998. This year is the 20th anniversary of the closing of Ben Gannon’s and Robert Fox’s record-breaking homegrown production based on the life Peter Allen who died 28 years ago.

The purpose of this virtual reunion of the Original Company of the production, dancing to ‘I Go To Rio’, is a Celebration of The Australian Arts Community, an empowering trip down memory lane with the Original Cast, Crew and Creatives. A reminder that life in the Arts is a long, wonderful, sometimes heartbreaking journey.

In the words of Nick Enright, who wrote the book, “. . . you will have a wonderful life. There’ll be good bits and bad bits, but you will make the most of every moment. You will tell your life like a story and it’ll be a real adventure . . .”

The adventure the industry is currently in, is navigating a nearly complete industry shutdown, a chapter akin to a ‘bad bit’.

The video features appearances by over 103 members of the Original Cast, Crew, and Creative – a full list is included below.

Fundamentally, The Boy from Oz, was conceived as a valentine to Peter Allen – one of the greatest entertainers that Australia has produced. His death in 1992 at the age of 48 prompted an outpouring of grief throughout the world, such was his irrepressible wit and electrifying presence as a singer, dancer and songwriter.

The catchy, flamboyant song ‘I Go To Rio’ encapsulated Allen’s sheer exuberance and sense of fun yet his illustrious songbook is full of biographical gems, notably ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, ‘I Honestly Love You’, ‘Quiet Please There’s a Lady on Stage’ and ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’. Plus, the Australian anthem ‘I Still Call Australia Home’. The moment The Boy From Oz arrived on stage with the sensational Todd McKenney in his career-defining role as Peter Allen, it struck an immediate chord with Australian audiences, for here was a wish-fulfillment story of underlying tragedy and struggle, but one that brought the entertainer’s survival instincts, indomitable spirit and charisma to the fore.

The musical was a huge hit. Audiences adored the stage celebration just as Allen had loved those closest to him and his devoted fans.

Globally the industry is navigating unprecedented times. Just like Peter Allen, The Boy From Oz always had a great sense of generosity, empathy, humanity and humour. And much hard work. So pull together, celebrate the industry, encourage support for the arts, and donate to the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW.

New York based, Australian Performer and Editor, Ben McHugh, and Sydney based Music Producer, Sean Peter, are acknowledged for their huge contribution in creating this virtual video.

“ ‘Cause love don’t need a reason
Love don’t always rhyme
And love is all we have for now
What we don’t have is time
I’ll hold you close
Time can’ tear us apart
Forever, I will stand by you
We’ve got to start with the beat of one heart
Together, we will see this through
‘Cause love don’t need a reason
Love’s never a crime
And love is all we have for now
What we don’t have
What we don’t have is time”
Peter Allen

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Full list of Cast, Crew and Creatives:

Abel, BrianProducer
Armstrong, DavidBand
Arthur, RobynJosie Mann
Barnes, DanielleTrio
Bartlett, MurrayGreg Connell
Batey, PaulEnsemble
Bell, LouiseEnsemble
Beck, DaveBand
Bell, SueWardrobe
Benn, MaryStage Manager
Bishop, KimWardrobe
Blake, RebeccaMarketing
Bourke, ClaireAssistant Stage Manager
Brodbeck, GeorgeMusic Arranger
Browne, RohanEnsemble
Bullivant-West, MeganEnsemble
Callingham, LisaTrio
Chapman-Kaman, EmmaEnsemble
Clements, MeredithWardrobe
Cox, JennyEnsemble/Liza cover/Swing
Coyne, KevinEnsemble/Dance Captain
Croft, MartinResident Director
Dalgleish, TrudyLighting Designer
Danos, PettieWardrobe
Davidson, Peter J.Set Designer
Davies, VivianEnsemble/Judy Cover
Dean, CarmelMusic Intern
Edwards, GaleDirector
Egan, NickAssistant Stage Manager
Esler, GailResident Director
Fiorentino, Adam JonEnsemble
Fox, RobertProducer
Garnier, KevinWigs
Garvie, ChaddEnsemble – Swing
Georgiou, MaryWigs
Gillet, TroySound
Graziano, AlexEnsemble
Green, CarrieEnsemble
Gurton, BenBand
Hanlon, PaulEnsemble
Hardy, JackieEnsemble
Harlow, SarahEnsemble – Swing
Harris, DavidEnsemble + Backing Vocals
Harrison, AmandaLiza Minnelli
Henderson, MatthewAsst. to the Executive Producer
Hicks, MitchellYoung Peter
Hope, NicciEnsemble
Jesse, GrahamBand
Jones, NickEnsemble
Keogh, JudyAsst. to the Executive Producer
Kirk, RogerCostume Designer
Lambert, MaxMusic Supervisor
Leach, TanyaCasting Director
Lepage, TonyEnsemble + Backing Vocals
Lewis-Graves, SusieProduction Manager Intern
Lewis, MartinEnsemble
Lind, SimonEnsemble
MacKenzie, MareeWardrobe
Mansfield, CallumYoung Peter
Marsland, NatalieEnsemble
Martlew, IanWardrobe
McKenney, ToddPeter Allen
Minturn, TimEnsemble – Swing
Mitchelmore, DebTrio
Morley, SamanthaTrio
Morrison, Jodie,Shoe Designer
Munson, ShaneWigs
Myott, DarrylWardrobe
Nicholas, BenYoung Peter
Oram, TimBand
Osbourne, BenEnsemble
Panichi, PaulMusic
Patterson, ChristianYoung Peter
Peck, CherineTrio
Pengelly, DaleEnsemble
Perryman, JillMarion Woolnough
Piper, DavidMusical  Director
Place, MalcolmDeputy Stage Manager
Pollack, BrucePublicist
Percival, RichardBand
Reynolds, ThernEnsemble
Roach, KenLighting Department
Scale, GarryEddie/Ensemble
Serjeant, KatherineAssistant Stage Manager
Shaw, LesleyExecutive Producer
Slater, MichelleEnsemble/Swing
Sontag, LisaEnsemble
Stathis, LitaEnsemble
Stratton, DaveBand
Thorne, PaulMusic
Toohey, AngelaLiza Minnelli
Tuckerman, KayeEnsemble + Backing Vocals
Tyack, MichaelMusical Director
Van de Zandt, QueenieEnsemble/Rhonda
Van Laast, AnthonyChoreographer
Warnford, NickChris Bell
Waters, MathewYoung Peter
Waters, MichaelSound
Webb, PetaEnsemble
White, JordanYoung Peter
White, LeanneAssociate Choreographer
Worthy, DavidProduction Manager
Yap, DarrenResident Director
In Memorium
Allen, PeterInternational Star
Amphlett, ChrissyJudy Garland
Enright, NickPlaywright
Eyre, MarcusGeorge Woolnough
Gannon, BenProducer
Hanily, KevinCompany Manager
MacLean, StephenBook Writer
Rowe, MarkCompany Manager