When my baby smiles at me I go to The Boy from Oz
The Production Company celebrates its 20th Anniversary by bringing the iconic, leading Australian musical to Melbourne, The Boy from Oz!! (also celebrating its 20th Anniversary!
Now playing at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne ‘til the 26th August, The Boy from Oz includes many of Peter Allen’s best-loved songs: Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage, Everything Old is New Again, I Still Call Australia Home and the show-stopping I Go To Rio.
The role of Peter Allen both in Australia and on Broadway has only ever been performed by Todd McKenney and Hugh Jackman but now Rohan Browne has stepped into the role a great performer whose first gig was in The Boy from Oz as a member of the ensemble.
Widely regarded as Australia’s most popular musical, The Boy from Oz ran for a total of 766 performances following its opening in 1998 and was the first Australian musical to enjoy a sell-out season on Broadway.
The Boy from Oz tells the funny and touching story of the dazzling 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 loved international star and an Oscar-winning songwriter.
Rohan Browne is simply fabulous in the lead role of Peter Allen. Very playful with the audience and extremely charming, his dancing skills will leave you mesmerised. Caroline O’Connor as Judy Garland will leave you with chills up your spine as she channels the late actress in a stunning performance that really captures her fragility. Loren Hunter will also leave you convinced you have just seen Liza Minnelli perform with her incredibly accurate impersonation and performance.
The highlight of the performance is definitely the choreography, impeccably performed by the cast. The performance was very tight and incredibly well rehearsed. The lighting was also a great feature, setting the mood and dazzling the audience with many creative effects that bring the vibrant music to life on stage.
Make sure you see this wonderful show.
By Michael Kent.
Playing until: August 26.
Location: The State Theatre, The Arts Centre: 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004