Whether belting out her rendition of Adele's Rolling in the Deep as part of Rumour Has It or Billy Ray Cyrus's Achy Breaky Heart as part of Wrecking Ball, Naomi Price has a voice that commands attention. So it's great to see that the Brisbane entertainer best known to television audiences as Ricky Martin's leading lady on The Voice Australia 2015 is back with a new show called Lady Beatle.
Premiering at La Boite Theatre Company from 25 May to 3 June, Lady Beatle is the third and final pop culture cabaret in the trilogy. Described as "a modern memory play set to a kaleidoscopic soundtrack of The Beatles' most monumental hits", Lady Beatle represents a fantastical fictional tale about the real women who inspired the Fab Four's biggest chart toppers, including Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna, Penny Lane and Yesterday.
Though many of these songs are instantly recognisable, Price points out that the stories behind them are less known, from the preschooler who inspired Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, to teenage runaway Melanie Coe to whom She's Leaving Home is attributed. "This show was born from these real life stories of seemingly ordinary women who are forever immortalised as part of an extraordinary legacy," Price adds.
Price is chameleon-like in her ability to adopt different personas, using a mix of wisdom, wit and whimsy to reflect the complexities of famous characters. But unlike her portrayals of Adele and Miley Cyrus, Price points out that Lady Beatle will be a different style of show. "We've created an entirely original character, who's perhaps the Beatles biggest fan, or maybe something different completely," she says.
A La Boite and The Little Red Company production, this collaboration between Price and Adam Brunes will reimagine and reinterpret the Beatles' immortal catalogue, allowing audience members to rediscover their classic hits anew. The show stars Price, with musicians Mik Easterman (Drums), Andrew Johnson (Bass), Michael Manikus (Piano), and Jason McGregor (Guitars). Price's other stage credits include The Tragedy of King Richard III and Ladies in Black.
Sealed with a kiss. Image by Dylan Evans, courtesy of La Boite Theatre Company.