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A love/hate relationship that sings
The hilarious musical, Pete 'n' Keely, tells the story of Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, one of America's most loved singing/performing couples of the 50s. Their legendary breakup at Caesar's Palace over Pete's philandering led to less successful solo careers.
Keeley Stevens (Lindsay McNab) and Pete Bartel (Alan O'Neill) together again in 1968
But now it's 1968, and Pete and Keely are "back together" to revive their careers in a live television special. Of course, singing together will require that they also speak to one another again. As they relive their history together through song, what transpires is a wild series of events both in front of the live audience and off-camera. Will love conquer all? Or will it be Caesar's Palace all over again?
Pete 'n' Keely by James Hindman - with original music by Patrick Brady and lyrics by Mark Waldrop, was first performed in New York in 2000, and was nominated for best Off-Broadway Musical and for two drama Desk Awards.
This, the Australian premiere of the show will be performed in June at Paul Peacock's Underground Cabaret at the Kings Perth Hotel.
Lindsay McNab and Alan O'Neill, both veterans of the Perth theatre scene, star as the singing duo.
Keeley Stevens (Lindsay McNab) and Pete Bartel (Alan O'Neill) in wedded bliss
The production team also play an integral part in the story. Paul Peacock operating sound adds further humour as Marty, the studio announcer, whose svelte tones can't really hide the panic in his voice when the special threatens to self-destruct.
Music director Tim How is at the piano as the broadcast's bandleader, Del DaCosta, and must cope with the unprofessional antics of the two stars. Shelly Ormerod operates the lighting and as Stage Manager, keeps the action, props and audience participation in check.
Choreography by Manuao TeAotonga adds that extra 1960's class and "cheese factor". So tune in as America's 'Swingin' Sweethearts' reunite for their live television reunion special, and back on the roller coaster that got them where they are today…divorced.
Pete 'n' Keely is on Thurs 27, Fri 28 & Sat 29 June at the Chancery Bar, Kings Perth Hotel, Hay St., Perth
Show starts 7.30pm, tickets cost $25 and are available from Trybooking.