BLUE SAINT PRODUCTIONS presents
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL JUNE 2016
Directed by LUKE JOSLIN
Musically Directed by GEOFFREY CASTLES
NAT O’DONNELL, TEAGAN WOUTERS, JOHN O’HARA and LINDEN FURNELL
Blue Saint Productions are thrilled to announce their next show following their award-winning production of VIOLET. Songs for a New World is a stunning musical to be presented at Chapel off Chapel in June 2016.
The show is to be directed by Helpmann and Green Room award winner, Luke Joslin (Avenue Q, Les Miserables), with Musical Direction by Geoffrey Castles (Les Miserables, Aladdin) and will be designed by Jacob Batista (Avenue Q, Carrie the Musical).
Teagan Wouters, as Woman 1, is currently performing as Tzeitel in Fiddler On The Roof starring Anthony Warlow. Before that she performed the role of Lisa Houseman in the Australian Tour of Dirty Dancing and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical.
John O’Hara, as Man 1, recently toured in the tenth anniversary tour of Wicked and has just been a part of the new and acclaimed staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.
Nat O’Donnell, as Woman 2, has recently performed the role of Diana in Doorstep Productions’ production of Next to Normal at Hayes Theatre Co, she also received a Green Room nomination for her performance as Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Linden Furnell, as Man 2, recently cemented himself as a brilliant newcomer in the Australian theatre industry with his performance as Roger in the critically acclaimed production of RENT at Hayes Theatre Co. He also played various roles in the award-winning Sydney season of Violet.
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges Of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.
Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. With a small, powerhouse cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score running the gamut of today’s popular music, Songs For A New World is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.
“When we were thinking about directors for this show, we wanted someone who could recreate this beautiful song-cycle as imagery plays an integral role in the story telling of this piece. Luke Joslin has created a beautiful concept that pays homage to the original intent of the composer and a design for it to live and breathe in, focussing on the themes which make this production as timeless as it is.” – Blue Saint Producers, Joshua Robson and Damien Bermingham
“What a thrill to be working alongside Blue Saint to bring one of the most challenging pieces of theatre to life. This is theatre that rises above the music theatre genre, as we know it. An abstract musical with enormous vocal demand, Songs For a New World is a sequence of mini vignettes that snap shot the crossroads of life. It explores the decisions we make to change life as know it. What leads us to make these decisions? What are the consequences of these decisions? These questions are explored through a sublime musical score by Jason Robert Brown. It’s music that will stay with you for a long, long time. I’m delighted to be working with this stellar cast of Music Theatre specialists, the best of the best when it comes to storytelling. I can’t wait to begin the journey.” – Director, Luke Joslin
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
The Loft, Chapel off Chapel
Dates: 2nd of June – 12th of June
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 1pm and 6pm
Tickets*: Adult $59 Concession $54 Group $49 (for 10+)
Bookings: www.chapeloffchapel.com.au or phone 03 8290 7000
*not including booking fees
Running time 1 Hour 30 Minutes – No intermission