“This girl can sing, plus she has timing, presence, and a whole lot of chutzpah. You can’t get better than a standing ovation…”
– Sydney Morning Telegraph
Take a stroll to 1930’s Manhattan. The music of Harold Arlen drifts reigns supreme. From Stormy Weather to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, this is a show about a man who wrote the hits and remained an enigma.
Harold Arlen wrote over 400 songs from 1926 – 1974.
His music was made famous by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and the iconic Judy Garland. Vocal powerhouse Johanna Allen showcases a catalogue of his most well known music:
The Man that got Away, Blues in the Night, Get Happy, One for my baby, The Old Black Magic, Down With Love, Paper Moon, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and entwines stories from the women who loved him and the words of his other great musical work ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
Allen is joined by Michael Tyack (piano) as Musical Director with Jamie Castrisos (Drums) and Trent Prees (Bass). This Rhythm section is hot, the Blues are Sassy and the songs will take you to a place where ‘troubles melt like lemon drops’…
This is a show about survivors – who sang music from their soul and left their mark on the world. The Wizard said ‘Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.’ but Harold Arlen’s music music lives on. Despite the enigma of the composer, these are THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY….
Writer/Performer: Johanna Allen
Concept: Johanna Allen and Stuart Maunder
Starring: Johanna Allen
Director: Stuart Maunder
Musical Director: Michael Tyack
Hayes Theatre Co Saturday 7th June: 8.30pm Sunday 8th June: 6.30pm
19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point Bookings via www.hayestheatre.com.au
Adelaide Cabaret Festival Thursday 19th June 7pm Friday 20th June 7.30pm
Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Bookings via www.adelaidecabaret.com.au
Johanna Allen (Co-concept creator/Writer/Performer)
Johanna Allen has worked nationally and internationally with extensive musical theatre credits (Wicked, Dr Zhivago, ThreePenny Opera, Into the Wood, The Pirates of Penzance – National DVD release, The Mikado – Critics Award for Pitti Sing), and an impressive array of credits as Soloist (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Symphony, New York City Big Band, Lincoln Centre Cat Scratch Jive). She continued her training as actor and singer in New York and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television (Sydney Theatre Company, Travelling Light – AFI award, New York Theatre Project, Round about Theatre New York.)
Stuart Maunder (Co-concept creator/Director)
Stuart Maunder has worked as Director at Convent Garden, Opera Australia, within Musical Theatre in Australia and internationally. He was Executive Producer and Director at Opera Australia and has just been appointed the General Director of the New Zealand Opera. His extensive credits include: The Marriage of Figaro (Hong Kong) Dusty – the original Pop Diva, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Australia and international tour), A Little Night Music (Opera Australia) and he will return to Australia, following the smash hit success of Sunday in the Park with George last year, to direct ‘Into the Woods’ for Victorian Opera.
*Stuart gave Johanna several of her ‘early starts’ in the business, by casting her as ‘Kate’ in Pirates of Penzance and Pitti Sing in The Mikado both opposite Anthony Warlow.