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Broadway to La Scala

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by John Andrew (subscribe)
I'm retired, busy with volunteer radio and (with my wife) going to the theatre and enjoying 'fine dining".
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We didn't want them to stop
"I'm really going to enjoy this" said the well-dressed lady on the way in to "From Broadway to La Scala". And the warm and enthusiastic welcome as Greta Bradman, David Hobson, Lisa McCune, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes came on stage showed that she was not alone.

From the very first number this show aimed to delight and to please, while featuring singing of the highest standard.

With selections from Leonard Cohen, Oscar Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rossini, Bizet, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Donizetti, Richard Rogers, and Ennio Morricone just about everyone had to have at least one favourite and probably a lot more.

And the voices. We were expecting Lisa McCune to "sell" her musicals, Teddy Tahu Rhodes to display his basso profundo and David Hobson to show how a tenor aria should be sung – nor did they disappoint – but Greta Bradman was the bonus for the evening. Those of us who had seen "Australian Story" which featured tantalising snippets of her songs were wondering "could she really be that good?" The answer was a resounding "yes". Small wonder that Richard Bonynge who played such a key role in developing the voice and the career of Joan Sutherland, raves about this bel canto singer. The other singers were wonderful. Greta Bradman shows all the signs that she is headed for greatness.

If you only go to one "light classical and show-tune" show this year this is the one you should see.

Highlights? There were so many. But if one has to choose there was Teddy Tahu Rhodes' "Toreador" sung with ferocious energy, and with floor vibrating bass, and Bradman's spellbindingly beautiful "Casta Diva", plus Lisa McCune and Rhodes' duets "Shall we Dance?" and "I could have danced all night".

But what a powerhouse of beautiful harmony happened when all of these great artistes sang together. They "Nailed" the "Drinking Song", and had fun with "Anything You Can Do".

I have to admit my heart sank when I saw Cohen's "Hallelujah" on the program, thinking that it has been done to death. I was wrong. They gave it their all, and while I suspect that their enthusiastic, operatic, close harmony version was not what Cohen would have envisaged, it brought the audience to their feet – and deserved to.

Most shows have a couple of un-memorable moments. Not this one. The established stars were on form, and Greta Bradman added even more magic.



On the way out the same lady said "I didn't want them to stop". I whole-heartedly agreed.

Just wonderful.
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From Broadway to La Scala Song List

ACT ONE
1. 'Something's Coming' abridged into…
'Tonight' from 'West Side Story' Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Greta Bradman
2. 'Some Enchanted Evening' from 'South Pacific' by Rogers and Hammerstein
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes
3. 'So in Love' from 'Kiss Me Kate' by Cole Porter
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Greta Bradman
4. 'Shall We Dance' by Rogers and Hammerstein /'I Could Have Danced All Night' from 'My Fair Lady' by Lerner and Lowe
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune
5. 'Una Voce Poco Fa' from 'The Barber of Seville' Rossini
Performed by Greta Bradman
6. Una Furtiva Lagrima / L'Elisir d'amore by Donzetti
Performed by David Hobson
7. 'You're Just in Love' from 'Call Me Madam' by Irving Berlin
Performed by David Hobson and Lisa McCune
8. 'Toreador' from 'Carmen' by Bizet
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes
9. 'Lily's Eyes' from 'The Secret Garden' by Lucy Simon
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes and David Hobson
10. 'The Sound of Music' – Something Good / Edelweiss /My Favourite Things medley from 'The Sound of Music' by Rogers and Hammerstein
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Greta Bradman
11. Libiamo – The Drinking Song – Brindisi by Verdi
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Greta Bradman
ACT TWO
1. Largo – Rossini
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes
2. 'Someone to watch over me' from "Crazy for You' by George and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Lisa McCune
3. 'Falling' from 'Once'
Performed by Lisa McCune and David Hobson
4. 'Anything You Can Do' from 'Annie Get Your Gun' by Irving Berlin
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Greta Bradman
5. Magic Flute Papagena/o duet by Mozart
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Greta Bradman
6 'La Boheme' Duet by Puccini
Performed by David Hobson and Greta Bradman
7. Reviewing the Situation – Bart
Performed by David Hobson
8. I'm Not Getting Married Today from 'Company' by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Greta Bradman
9. Casta Diva by Bellini
Performed by Greta Bradman
10. Pearl Fishers by Bizet
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes and David Hobson
11. Music of the Night from "the Phantom of the Opera' by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart
Performed by Lisa McCune and David Hobson
12. You'll Never Walk Alone from 'Carousel' by Rogers and Hammerstein
Performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Greta Bradman
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Melbourne : 12 September
Perth : 26 September


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When: 12th and 26th September
Where: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth
Cost: $ 100 - $ 170
Your Comment
It was a wonderful evening of music; every voice was spectacular. I do wish though that they had had an announcer. Admittedly we were way up in the gods; top row actually; we could make out little of what they said. Annoying when half the theatre is laughing at a joke only they heard. Poor sound technology.
by mamag (score: 0|4) 728 days ago
I was there, too!
Would NEVER miss seeing/hearing 'the Boys', especially the duet from 'The Pearl Fishers'!

WOW, just WOW!

Come back SOON, everyone. The repertoire has many more songs for you to sing! Bravo!
by donjo (score: 1|24) 739 days ago
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