Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 4

The PR machine is already rolling into action on Priscilla with our first event likely to occur in the next few weeks – we started the day talking through the best ways to showcase our musical and what we’ve got in store for the public in the next few months, to really position this showContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 4”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 3

Today we started off with the Funeral – the very first number ever choreographed for Priscilla.  Ross Coleman did a 90 second version that had all the same beats that ended up in the musical and it’s hardly changed at all from the premiere production (unlike tons else in the show).  It’s probably the perfectContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 3”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 2

The rehearsal room is so massive but it’s kind of cool, actually.  There’s  a lot of space.  It feels like a movie, even though there’s no cameras.  We did “Raining Men” all day and Natalie is a genius at reproduction.  It was…awe inspiring.  It’s such a complicated number, traffic-wise, and she knows the ins andContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 2”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 1

Any first day of rehearsals that starts with a ten kilometre run is going to end with a lot being achieved.  Or a hamstring injury that wrecks the day.  But the burst of energy that hit me at 7am this morning after two Demazepan and 24 hours of flying was shared by everyone today asContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 1”

The Rainbow Tour

“Bem, bem, bem…” “Bene, bene, bene…” “Well, well, well…” These are the three ways of saying that line in the three languages I just cast Priscilla in around the world; Brazilian Portuguese, Italian and (duh) English.  Priscilla is becoming an international show now and the time came to cast two new productions in foreign languagesContinue reading “The Rainbow Tour”

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – 2011

This year was really special for me for a number of reasons.  It was David and Lisa Campbell’s final year – they’ve done a marvellous job building the Festival that is thrilling to be part of and they’ve allowed me to premiere new shows every year of their reign – in 2009, Newley Discovered andContinue reading “Adelaide Cabaret Festival – 2011”

Next to Normal – 2011 – MTC – Opening and onwards

If you’ve ever read one of my blogs about opening nights, you’ll find that they’re usually magical evenings where the actors and stars align (Rhonda, Pamela, Sigrid…) and the show you’ve been imagining for months comes to life in front of your peers, friends and family.  Next to Normal was the highest stakes opening I’veContinue reading “Next to Normal – 2011 – MTC – Opening and onwards”

Next to Normal – MTC – Tech Week and Previews

A week has passed.  Since last we met, the actors hadn’t even been on the set, and now they’re playing the show for over 700 people every night.  Time moves so quickly sometimes.  This week has been exhilarating and exhausting in equal measures, but the show that my team and I have dreamed about sinceContinue reading “Next to Normal – MTC – Tech Week and Previews”

Next to Normal – MTC – Plotting

Plotting is very much like it’s homophyn – plodding.  I guess it’s the technical twin of the first block – you wade through, questioning every moment, getting everything to work together and make sense, and then one day a moment will play and look effortless.  We’ve done two days of plotting now – the partContinue reading “Next to Normal – MTC – Plotting”