Music Theatre Lifts the Spirit
One of the nation’s leading cabaret specialists will direct the University of Southern Queensland’s upcoming music theatre production, Postcards from 42nd Street.
Sandro Colarelli brings with him a wealth of industry experience - from actor to singer, creator to director, and stage to screen – and foremost, a love of music theatre.
Co-founder of the incredibly successful Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Matilda Award winner and Helpmann Award nominee, Sandro has played a leading role in the nation’s music theatre scene.
The first of its kind in Australia, the Brisbane Cabaret Festival set the benchmark for other such Festivals across the nation, including Melbourne and Sydney.
For Sandro, music theatre is the sublime combination of two great art forms.
“I love music theatre – it blends two wonderful mediums and when they come together, offer a very satisfying night at the theatre,” said Sandro.
“Music by itself can sometimes a little bit underwhelming, leaving the audience wanting more - a story, a context and more detail.
“And at the same time, words and poetry alone can only take you so far.
“Theatre can take you to places in the collective human experience – but it is music that lifts an audience to the next level – lifting the spirit into an almost celestial space.
“Music and theatre together is sublime and music theatre is the new direction!”
USQ’s season of Postcards from 42nd Street will celebrate the best of music theatre from across the ages, drawing on shows from the ‘Golden Era’ of musical theatre as well as more modern classics.
A cast of twelve USQ music and theatre students will present songs from Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors and 42nd Street - with a touch of 'local flavour'.
“When you take music from another culture or place, it is often hard to perform – not being able to relate to that place or experience - but if you are able to liken it back to your hometown and experience, it makes for a much more believable performance.
“Our ‘local flavour’ comes as the students convey a little bit of their own personality and life experience through the songs."
Postcards from 42nd Street will be presented from 8-11 November in the USQ Arts Theatre.
Tickets are $27.00 adult, $21.50 concession, $16.50 student, $8.50 child and are available through the USQ Artsworx Box Office on 07 4631 1111.