Tim Freedman’s seven night run as Harry Nilsson in Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘bout me at Hayes Theatre Co finished on Sunday night. Strong word of mouth and positive reviews meant all the shows after Tuesday’s opening night were sold out.
Jo Litson, Arts Editor of The Sunday Telegraph described the show as “one of the best bio-cabarets I’ve seen in a long time…convincingly conversational…fascinating, gentle, beautifully sung.”
Victor Kline at Arts Hub wrote “If this had been a one man play without music, I would have been more than willing to stay with it, such was the quality of the acting and the character Freedman created. But of course this was also cabaret, and we had the benefit of Freedman’s haunting voice as well.”
Freedman is in discussion with Hayes Theatre Co to bring the show back next year.
Before that there is one more Sydney performance at Lizotte’s in Dee Why and just announced, a two night run at Art Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio on July 31 and August 1 which goes on sale May 1st.
“Tim Freedman’s show Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘bout me, about Harry Nilsson, is one of the best bio-cabarets I’ve seen in a long time….the script feels convincingly conversational. It’s full of fascinating reminiscences, reflections and anecdotes out of which the songs emerge organically without feeling shoe-horned, while the segues also flow with natural ease. Freedman…inhabits the character, capturing his weathered demeanour and manner. Deploying his own quiet, effortless charisma, he gives a laconic, gently wry performance that has you leaning in to hear Nilsson’s story. All in all, it’s a fascinating, gentle, beautifully sung look at an intriguing character. Recommended” – Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph
Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point. Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes Theatre Co, will be a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists. Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney’s Accommodation Grant Program.