The Boy From Oz

I recently stumbled across the soundtrack from the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it musical, “The Boy From Oz“.

I have to admit that I don’t know too much of it, especially as it didn’t really run for all that long and there is seemingly precious little info about it anywhere, so I am trusting the majority of this blog post over to Wikipedia!

The Broadway soundtrack is available on Spotify, and my favourite track is Everything Old Is New Again – a fabulous song!

Crank the volume up as it’s not a very good version of the track that YouTube have, but the only one online it seems!

Another well known song featured in this musical is ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’

The Boy From Oz is a jukebox musical based on the life of singer/songwriter Peter Allen and featuring songs written by him. The book is by Martin Sherman with the original book by Nick Enright. The production had its world premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sydney, Australia, on 5 March 1998 and toured Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, playing to over 1.2 million theatre patrons. It ran for a total 766 performances over two years. The production starred Todd McKenney as Peter Allen.

Plot synopsis

In the 1950s, the young boy Peter Allen started performing and playing the piano. As an adult, Peter is in various early concerts in Australia with his partner. He is introduced to Judy Garland, who hires him for her show. Peter soon becomes romantically involved with Judy’s daughter Liza, and they marry. Peter appears in New York City with the Rockettes. As time progresses Peter develops a relationship with a man and his marriage ends.

Broadway

The Boy From Oz was the first Australian musical to reach Broadway. It started previews at the Imperial Theatre on 16 September 2003, opened on 16 October 2003 and closed on 12 September 2004, at the end of Hugh Jackman’s contract. The show played 32 previews and 365 performances. Directed by Philip William McKinley, with choreography by Joey McKneely, it starred Jackman as Peter Allen, Isabel Keating as Judy Garland, Stephanie J. Block as Liza Minnelli, Beth Fowler as Marion Woolnough, Jarrod Emick as Peter’s AIDS-stricken lover Greg Connell, and John Hill (actor) as Mark Herron (Judy’s Husband). Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, and Keating won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. The show also received nominations for four other Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Thirty-Two year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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