A Musical journey
Friday, 31st July, 2015
The Philharmonic Choir and special guests will present “Broadway to the Bahamas” at Theatre 44 this weekend.
The colourful first half of the show will feature Calypso numbers including The Andrews’ Sisters arrangement of ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ from the ladies, and classics like “The Banana Boat Song” (Day-O).
Guest artists include Rosanna Morrison and Alex Bond, choir soloists June-Marie Bennett, Lauren Horwitz and Peter Fox, and Marilyn Harris’ Expression Glee ensemble singing “Under the Sea”.
Ms Morrison will sing Broadway numbers from Chicago and Follies.
She works in Broken Hill as an audiologist and began singing in high school as a part of the choral program.
After falling in love with opera she went on to study classical voice at the Griffith Conservatorium before becoming fascinated by jazz. It has remained a passion ever since.
No Calypso program would be complete without “I Go to Rio” and this will be presented in fine style by Silver City Dance.
“We arrive at Broadway for the second half, commencing with a stunning tap number from Anything Goes performed by the talented young dancers of Silver City Dance,” said the choir’s musical director Diane Cotterill.
The choir and choir soloists Vicki Armstrong and Ms Cotterill will present items from renowned Broadway shows including Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, and a featured bracket of Andrew Lloyd Webber compositions.
“Twenty-four year-old baritone Alex Bond has been treading the boards for the last decade,” Ms Cotterill said.
“A veteran of amateur theatre in Adelaide, his performances have received critical acclaim from such publications as The Adelaide Theatre Guide, Encore, Stage Whisperer and The Advertiser.”
After a three-year hiatus, Alex this year returned to the stage for the Travel in Inland Tourism Awards last month.
“Alex, a hearing-impaired singer, earlier this year shared the stage with country legend Troy Cassar-Daley to launch a new campaign for Australian Hearing in Sydney. He has been invited back to Sydney later this month to perform again for Australian Hearing as part of Hearing Awareness Week,” Ms Cotterill said.
“For “Broadway to the Bahamas”, he will present showstoppers from La Cage aux Folles and Sweeney Todd, plus the famous hit “My Way”.”
The Theatre will be warm and cosy and the Repertory’s canteen will be open for afternoon tea at interval. Tickets are available at the door.