Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck and Gene Kelly pose for a photo during the shoot of Xanadu:image courtesy Facebook
One of the world's most acclaimed male dancers of the twentieth century, Gene Kelly, or should I say a celluloid version and his late wife Patricia Ward Kelly, is coming to Brisbane next month. All those Gene Kelly geeks who have watched him dance in An American In Paris with Leslie Caron, Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu, which was his final film appearance, and directed and starred in Singing In The Rain , can sit captivated by the stories and memorabilia Patricia will show and tell on Sunday, February 16th. Accompanying Patricia on stage, Gene Kelly himself will appear in celluloid in rare family footage and also personal interviews by Patricia herself. Patricia will share anecdotal stories, bursting those rumours and myths about the early Hollywood studios as well as showcasing unique memorabilia, such as Gene's converse sneakers he wore while directing Barbara Streisand in Hello Dolly.
If that doesn't tickle your fancy, then this is a perfect opportunity to put some pizazz back into your relationship with your beloved this Valentine's Day weekend, as Patricia tells her own fairytale romance with the king of dance. Gene had the knack of making dancing masculine and sexy, yet effortlessly easy, from his many years as a trained dancer and teacher at the family dance studio. This is shown and told by Patricia in her one woman show as she traces Gene Kelly's innovative choreography, directing techniques and outlook towards film making, during the Golden era of Hollywood that has cemented Gene as one of Hollywood's greats. Join Patricia as she shares her unique love story with Gene Kelly in her own words at QPAC. For bookings visit www.qpac.com.au/event/gene_kelly_legacy_20/