What’s On: The Boy From Oz (Savoyards Musical Comedy Society Inc)

Bronte Devine, Carly Wilson and Katyia Wills as Linelle, Shiena and Karen _ Shannon Foley as Peter Allen. Photography by Mark Duffus
Bronte Devine, Carly Wilson and Katyia Wills as Linelle, Shiena and Karen & Shannon Foley as Peter Allen. Photography by Mark Duffus.

The Boy From Oz

28 September – 12 October, 2019

Iona Performing Arts Centre, Lindum

Tickets: Adult $50; Concession $47; Group (10+) $45; Juniors (prep-high school) $28


The Boy From Oz is a musical biography and tribute to the late, great Peter Allen, told through his music. Peter was an Aussie pop star who enjoyed the highs and lows of success. He won an Oscar, sold out performances in Radio City Music Hall, staged a musical flop, lost his partner and battled illness himself. Peter Allen had an extraordinary life, which become a smash hit musical, enjoyed by millions around the world. The show originally premiered in 1998 in Australia before opening on Broadway, New York in 2003, allowing the world to fall in love with Allen’s music.

Shannon Foley as Peter Allen _ Natalie Lennox as Liza Minnelli. Photography by Mark Duffus
Shannon Foley as Peter Allen & Natalie Lennox as Liza Minnelli. Photography by Mark Duffus.

In a Vegas cabaret-styled presentation of his musical catalogue, Peter’s character takes us on a colourful and energetic journey through the complexities of his life’s story. The songs sit easily with the rhythm of the piece and with the characters as they enter and re-enter his life, be they dead or alive. It leaps, as does Peter himself, from past to present and back all within the familiar context of one of his energy-packed concerts.

Vanessa Wainwright as Judy Garland _ Natalie Lennox as Liza Minnelli. Photography by Mark Duffus
Vanessa Wainwright as Judy Garland & Natalie Lennox as Liza Minnelli. Photography by Mark Duffus.

Savoyards last produced this show in 2009. Musical Director, Benjamin Tubb-Hearne, is thrilled to be part of this production. “The Boy From Oz has become an Australian classic and I can’t wait to bring this fabulous show to life” he said.

Shannon Foley as Peter Allen. Photography by Mark Duffus
Shannon Foley as Peter Allen. Photography by Mark Duffus.

Peter Allen was born in outback Australia in 1944, made his entertainment debut at the age of 5 and as a teenager became a pop star and then toured Asia. There, he met Judy Garland who took him to London where he met and become engaged to her daughter Liza Minnelli. In the US Peter enjoyed the highs of success and experienced his share of lows. A brilliant book by Nick Enright weaves together Allen’s greatest hits including Not The Boy Next Door, I Honestly Love You, Don’t Cry Out Loud, I Still Call Australia Home, Tenterfield Saddler, I Go To Rio and the Academy Award-winning Arthur’s Theme.

Jacqui Cuny as Marion Woolnough. Photography by Mark Duffus
Jacqui Cuny as Marion Woolnough. Photography by Mark Duffus

The Savoyards production will star Shannon Foley in the title role of Peter Allen, together with Vanessa Wainwright as Judy Garland, Natalie Lennox as Liza Minnelli and Jacqui Cuny as Marion Woolnough. Featuring a cast of 36 fabulous Brisbane performers, a live orchestra, and performed in the luxurious surroundings of the Iona Performing Arts Centre in the beautiful Brisbane bayside, this musical will have you wanting to burst into song and dance!

For ticketing and further information, visit the Savoyards website.

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