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Bowie & Mercury Rising at Chapel off Chapel

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by EricaL (subscribe)
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Theatrical tribute to The Starman & King Freddie
David Bowie and Freddy Mercury fans unite this winter, when Bowie & Mercury Rising opens at Prahran's intimate theatre, Chapel off Chapel.

This theatrical experience celebrates the music and lives of UK performers David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, told through the eyes of a London actress who searches for hope after Bowie's death.

Bowie & Mercury Rising is the creation of renowned composer Warren Wills, who will open his new show in his hometown.

Bowie & Mercury Rising
Bowie & Mercury Rising


For those who don't know, Warren Wills is an award-winning international composer, producer and musical director. He has worked on West End and Broadway shows for over three decades and boasts more than 50 productions to his name.

Warren Wills
Warren Wills in Bowie & Mercury Rising


Wills returns to Chapel off Chapel with Bowie & Rising after his successful season of the musical hit Genesis to Broadway at the same Prahran theatre.

Wills wrote Bowie & Mercury Rising soon after Bowie's death in 2016. A year in the making, Bowie & Mercury Rising will see some of The Starman and Freddie's musical classics bought to stage in a new light. Hear much-loved songs Heroes, Space Oddity, Life on Mars, The Show Must Go On and We are the Champions amongst others, performed by Melbourne-based performer Thando Sikwila.

Despite only debuting in theatre professionally two years ago, Sikwila has already made her mark, performing in StageArt's Dreamgirls in 2015. The singer / songwriter also released her debut EP Digital Love Letters in 2016, and was touted as Melbourne's newest R&B star, performing sell-out shows at the Chapel off Chapel.

Thando Sikwila
Thando Sikwila performing in Bowie & Mercury Rising


Joining Sikwila on stage in Bowie & Mercury Rising will be talented dancer Jessica Mortlock, and the award-winning musical director and composer himself; Warren Wills.

Together, the three theatrical stars bring their unique talents to Melbourne, in a show that is dedicated to the life and times of two of the UK's much loved musical icons.

Jessica Mortlock in Bowie & Mercury Rising
Jessica Mortlock in Bowie & Mercury Rising


Mike Garson, who was David Bowie's musical director for some 40 years, has praised Wills work on Bowie & Mercury Rising.

"I was very impressed with Warren's extremely creative variations on David's Heroes," Garson said. "He is one very talented gentleman."

See Bowie & Mercury Rising at Chapel off Chapel opening 26 July and running until 30 July, 2017. Tickets from $30, book here.
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Why? Because Bowie & Freddie
When: July 26, 27, 28 at 8pm, July 29 at 5pm and 8pm. July 30 at 6pm.
Phone: Bookings: 03 8290 7000
Where: Chapel off Chapel
Cost: $40, concession $35, group $30 for 10 or more
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