Paris - A Rock Odyssey began its life as a soundtrack. Music Theatre Melbourne (MTM) was working with English on a theatrical production when he died last year.
Paris is a love story drawn from Greek mythology. It was the love affair which caused the great war between Greece and Troy. From this conflict a giant wooden horse was built and allowed the invading Greeks to enter the besieged city of Troy and overcome them - a conflict forever known as the Trojan War and any subterfuge by misrepresentation to be called a trojan horse.
Jon English live at Sweden Rock Festival 8 June 2013 - photo by Lynott88
Paris - A Rock Odyssey brings the love story into a new form. It also serves as an homage to our great Australian rock legend, English himself. Known for such classic tracks as 'Hollywood 7', 'Six Ribbons', 'Words Are Not Enough', 'Hot Town', and 'Some People' this would have been enough to establish him forever in our cultural history. English, however, was also a star of the stage with a performance biography including The Pirates of Penzance and Jesus Christ Superstar as well as the TV miniseries Against The Wind.
Mark Featherby, Director of MTM said, "He [English] wanted John Waters in our show and we are so grateful John is playing Ulysses as he was on the original cast album and has such an integral association with John and Paris." Music Theatre Melbourne recently announced the whole cast which, apart from those already mentioned above includes Tim Freedman (from The Whitlams) and Jonathon Sora-English (Jon English's son).
English developed the musical Paris over 3 years with David Mackay who was the producer of English's album Some People. The track 'Oh Paris' was the first step in creating the stage life for this version of the Greek myth.
This MTM concert production is a celebration of English's memory and legacy. It brings together some of the greatest talents in the country in a story as old as time and yet as real and relevant now as it ever was.