October 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Shirley Burke Theatre
THE BOY FROM OZ @ Shirley Burke Theatre

“My songs are by biography” – Peter Allen

The first Australian musical to conquer Broadway, The Boy from Oz was a huge success here in Australia with multi-award winner Todd McKenney as Peter Allen. The Broadway version was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2004, including Best Musical, and won Best Actor in a Musical (Hugh Jackman). The Boy from Oz focuses on the extraordinary life of legendary singer/songwriter Peter Allen, from his birth in 1944 in Tenterfield, NSW and humble beginnings growing up in rural Armidale to his meteoric rise to fame as an international star. The story covers Peter’s career in Australia and the United States, as well as his relationships with legendary singing stars Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, until his death in 1992.

MLOC is a buzz to the music of Peter Allen. The Boy from Oz, the musical created to celebrate the life and work of the legendary Peter Allen, is the dazzling, funny and touching story of the great 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 beloved performer and an Oscar-winning songwriter.

The Boy From Oz includes many of Peter Allen’s best loved hits: 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.

With a cast of 28, a band of 12 and nearly 200 costumes, this stunning production is sure to get your feet tapping and have you singing along to the array of wonderful songs and dance numbers.

The Boy from Oz | Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale, 12 – 20 October 2018

Tickets available at www.mloc.org.au

Starring Matt Jakowenko as Peter Allen

With: Ben Howell as Young Peter Allen, Wendy Alberni as Marion Woolnough, Saskia Penn as Judy Garland, Hallie Goodman as Liza Minnelli, Frankie Guida as Greg Connell, Graeme Bulluss as Dee Anthony, Tim Byron as Dick Woolnough and Wally Bell and Rad Valance as Chris Bell.

Featuring Dayna Tinline, Zoe Matthews and Jessica McCallum as the Trio.

Supported by Anna Meadows, Ariana Triskelidis, Craig McFarlane, Jacqueline Addison, Jennifer Williams, Jodi Wilkinson, Katherine Mylius, Karen Shnider, Mandy Lay, Marija Caruana-Smith, Mary Bryant, Mel Cox, Natalie Krizmanic, Rad Valance, Taryn Noitz, and Tim Semmens


Directed and Choreographed by Rhylee and Musical Direction by Matthew Hadgraft