The Australian rock 'n' roll legend, Glenn Shorrock and the third runner up in 2006 Australian Idol, Chris Murphy, have been signed to play two of the leads in the forthcoming new musical CRUISIN', which will have its Australian theatrical premiere at the Regal Theatre opening on 26 October.
Shorrock will play the part of the father in this exciting and energetic musical with book, music and lyrics written by West Australians, Rod Christian and Peter Waterman. Murphy will play the part of Johnny Angel who runs the kids rock ‘n’ roll club Johnny Angel’s.
Described as "one of the elder statesmen of Australian contemporary show business" and former lead singer of the Little River Band, Shorrock has twice been inducted into the A.R.I.A. Hall of Fame (in his own right in 1991 and for Little River Band in 2004).
This will mark a return to musical theatre for Shorrock, having starred some years ago in Evita and The Rocky Horror Show. He more recently performed the role of Johnny Casino in Grease: The Arena Spectacular! and played to ‘sold-out’ houses at the Regal with his show ONE FOR THE MONEY.
Chris Murphy is receiving wide acclaim for his self-titled new album and appears regularly in shows around Australia. This show is his musical theatre debut and he is a natural for the role.
CRUISIN', which has been developed over 15 years, is set in the '50s and encompasses the tribulations of the strict traditional immigrant Italian Russo family in Australia coming to terms with the culture shock of living in a new country, as well as with a son who is faced with the dull prospects of being caught up in the family smallgoods business rather than following his dream of playing guitar and singing in a local rock 'n' roll band.
The tension is also heightened when the parents discover their ‘good Italian girl’ is a band groupie.
It is filled with comedy, pathos, catchy rock ‘n’ roll songs and romantic ballads that capture audiences right up until the curtain calls.
The musical, which was workshopped in Sydney in 2003 and presented as a school production at Sacred Heart College in 2004 (where Rod Christian is Head of Music), is being presented by JCM Theatre Productions Pty Ltd in association with David Spicer Productions of Sydney. The short season at the Regal Theatre runs from October 26 with limited performances until November 4.
It is being directed and choreographed by Alex Poor and Rod Christian will conduct the 12-piece orchestra including professional musicians from Sydney.
When presented in Sydney the Sydney Morning Herald described it as “Footloose meets the Shifting Heart” and “CRUISIN’, the new Australian musical, is the best culture shock this season.”
“The energy and excitement evident at previous performances convinced us that the show must finally be staged as a major theatre production,” said Rod Christian. “We have finally reached that goal thanks to the vision and generosity of John Marson and his colleagues from WA Rotary, Balcatta.”
Proceeds from the Regal season will be donated to WA charities.
Tickets will be on sale through TICKETEK from 30 July.