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The conflict and songs that defined a generation
The Vietnam war influenced our nation with dramatic social change, stories of heartache and iconic music.
Rolling Thunder Vietnam is a powerhouse musical that is both a drama and rocking concert. To the sensational songs that defined a generation, this electrifying drama captures the tumultuous and passionate time of unrest and conflict, both on the battlefield and the home front.
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, Rolling Thunder Vietnam returns to the Crown Theatre for 5 sensational shows from August 17-20.
The musical rocks with iconic songs from the supremely talented songwriters of the '60s and '70s, including Steppenwolf, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, The Animals, Gladys Knight, Billy Thorpe and Paul Simon.
Personal stories of human resilience are told through the experiences of young Vietnam War soldiers combined with the familiar and favorite songs of the era, including Magic Carpet Ride, Fortunate Son, Run Through the Jungle, Born To Be Wild, Black Magic Woman, Killing Me Softly With His Song, We've Gotta Get Out of This Palace and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Hailed by the critics as one of the best shows ever, the ABC Radio describes the production as "Electrifying…the show reaches deep into the soul" and the Sunday Times review says "An absolutely rocking piece of theatre".
Popular 'Australian Idol' winner Wes Carr plays Andy, who is conscripted to serve in Vietnam in the National Ballot or dreaded "lottery of death". Ben Mingay (Wonderland) is the American marine, Thomas, and Tom Oliver plays the larikan soldier, Johnny, who is a country fellow who is torn between doing his part in the conflict and leaving his parents' farm. Rising young Australian singer/actor Kirby Lunn plays Sarah, who is a sensitive young girl who counts the days until the man she adores returns to her safely.