How does a Southern Bell from Alabama end up somewhere over the rainbow. Will her dreams come true? Bourbon St. to Broadway is a musical adventure, packed with some of Broadway’s most iconic songs, performed like you have never heard them before.
Musical comedian Britni Leslie takes us on an adventure examining the very exciting and sometimes annoying paths your life can take. She is a little lady with a booming Broadway voice and a roller coaster of a story to tell!
Showcasing some of Broadway’s biggest hits from shows such as; Funny Girl, Annie, Crazy for You, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bonnie and Clyde and many more … she weaves together the very true story of how a Southern Belle from Alabama ended up in OZ!
What’s your inspiration for putting on this show?
As a small town girl from Alabama, I never in a million years thought I would be living on the other side of the world. One day I was thinking about all the things that happened to land me in the merry ole’ land of OZ, and I started writing it down, added some of my favourite songs and realised I had a pretty good story to tell.
Besides, everyone is always asking me how I ended up in Australia, so now you can hear the true story accompanied by an amazing pianist and some catchy show tunes.
How does the local theatre scene in the US compare to Australia?
Its similar in a lot of ways and yet so different. I have found theatre people to be the same everywhere, we ‘re a colourful bunch. I certainly have found my home on the stage and a family to accompany it. The main difference I’ve found would be the theatre terms. I say Chookas all the time, but I’m still not really sure what it means.
I have been blown away at the sheer amount of amazing theatre I get to see and be a part of every year. Australians are blessed with the calibre of theatre we have access to. Melbourne is such a beautiful artistic city and we are lucky to call it HOME.
Can you give us one story that features in your show?
Well if I did that, I might ruin the best bits of the show!
I will tell you that the show is heavily based in NYC; what I did for work, where I lived, auditioning, stories about dating and perhaps what I did for love? I still look back on that time of my life and really can’t believe it happened. It was not always easy, I had to do some pretty unflattering jobs and had some hard times, but I still lived in New York and that was amazing.
Where did you get your start in theatre?
Spoiler alert! My theatre career started in my front yard in Mobile, Alabama, before I even knew what it really was! But I started doing shows at the local playhouse when I was about ten and have never looked back.
What’s the best stage advice you ever received?
I had a vocal coach once who would always say LIVE in the moment. It took me a while to understand what he meant. But now when I perform I get totally lost in the character. Sometimes I forget that theres even an audience. I think in musical theatre it’s so easy to get caught up in the spectacle but we forget about the story. If the audience doesn’t connect with the story we are just putting on a pretty concert with costumes. He also said, always sparkle girl. Something I happily try to do everyday!
What or who inspired you to become a performer?
The movies. Starting with the very first Disney movie there ever was. I say that because I always knew I was a performer and those movies were my introduction to music. Then I moved on to classics like Wizard of Oz, Singing in the rain, Grease, South Pacific, and Funny Girl. I like to think my first vocal teacher was Judy Garland. I still to this day have a distinct vibrato which I attribute to her.
However there was a defining moment for me and it happened in my living room. Ill never forget hearing Sutton Foster sing Gimmie Gimmie on the Rosie O’ Donald show. There was something about her voice that made me excited inside, I felt it and I thought to myself – I have to do that.
Dates: 28th of June – 2nd of July
Time: 7pm Wednesday– Sunday
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne 3000
Ticket link: thebutterflyclub.com