Miracle City - Live Australian Cast Album

miracle-city-new-logoI recorded Max Lambert and Nick Enright’s classic musical “Miracle City” live over the final week of the show’s season at the Hayes Theatre in Darlinghurst, Sydney. The show features a cast of the award winning Blazey Best, Mike McLeish, Esther Hannaford, Hilary Cole, Marika Aubrey, Josie Lane, Cameron Holmes, Jason Kos and Peter Kowitz. It was such a pleasure being able to spend time with Max and Nick’s sublime music and lyrics as I compiled and mixed the album.

The album made it to number 8 on the soundtracks charts, and Top 40 of all music on release – a remarkable achievement for an Australian Musical Album.

Max said, “Although it’s taken nearly 20 years to get Miracle City to this stage, it’s heartening that there is now enough support for Australian musicals to have an audience for its recordings as well. Cast recordings are an essential legacy for any musical – it’s where you find their lasting audience.”

Miracle City can be bought on iTunes

Strictly Ballroom

strictly-ballroom-musical-sydney-ballroom-couplesHave now ticked working on a Baz Luhrman musical off my list. I was proud to build and program the playback rig for Global Ceature’s production of Strictly Ballroom, working with Music Supervisor Max Lambert, Musical Director Daniel Edmonds, and composer Elliot Wheeler. It was, as always, a privilege to watch this big big show come together. 

 

In Strictly Ballroom, a top ballroom dancer pairs with a plain, left-footed local girl when his maverick style earns him the disdain of his more conventionally-minded colleagues. Together, the team gives it their all and makes dreams of the National Championship title come true.

King Kong

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Theatre doesn’t get much bigger than this. I was thrilled to participate in the world premiere of Global Creature’s “King Kong” at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne.

The show drew in an incredible creative team from around the world, directed by Daniel Kramer, and with music by Marius DeVries. The  Helpmann nominated score features songs by Massive Attack, Sarah McLachlan, The Avalanches and more, and was supervised by Max Lambert and Musically Directed by Daniel Edmonds. Having been a long time fan of Marius’s work on films like Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet, I was thrilled to be able to work as part of such an innovative music team on this production.

Giggle And Hoot And Friends

GHHBGiggle and Hoot have hit the road! The new show, starring Jimmy “Giggle” Rees, Nicholas “Hoot” Richard and Naomi “Hootbelle” Young had it’s premiere at Melbourne’s Arts Centre in early 2013 and toured throughout the country in 2013 to Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, the Gold Coast and the Sydney Opera House.

Having written most of the songs, as well has having worked with the cast in creating the music for the show, I was lucky enough to be invited to come on as Musical Director  / Sound Designer for the concert tour, as well as creating some new music for the show, working alongside director Luke Joslin. Luke, myself and the cast worked together to put together an amazing show, written and led by the brilliant and always hardworking Giggle and Hoot production team of Clare Gerber, Bryson Hall and Natalie Robinson-Hurst. 

The highlight of the show was watching and hearing the audiences across the country respond to the show, and hearing the thousands of little people singing along with songs that we all took such joy in creating. Working in TV that audience response is often forgotten, so to see the many families and children enjoying these songs was an amazing reward. Naturally the little moments created by James, Nick and Naomi  in each performance were also wonderful. I love working with them – we have a great time.

For me in particular, coming back to the concert hall of the Opera House for ten shows, having worked there as a sound operator for so many years was particularly personally satisfying. The concert hall is such a special venue in our country, and while I’ve performed and mixed there many times, having the songs be such a huge part of the show was just great.  

Theatre Review Highlights

Everything’s F**ked was performed in 2007 at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and in workshop in London in 2008. Winner of the 2008 AWGIE award for Music Theatre, as well as writing and performance awards for it’s 2002 workshop. It was also released as a soundtrack album which is selling internationally.

Sean Peter is dragging music theatre kicking and cursing into the 21st century – JJJ radio
…quite masterly suspenseful theatre … – db magazine
… a bop-along-in-your-seat pop masterpiece… - Adelaide Advertiser
...Everything’s Fucked is one of the most positive and untraditional listening experiences I have had for very, very long, no categories barred. ... Fredrik Fisher - Opera Magazine

A major retrospective Suitcase was performed to full houses as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and Melbourne International Arts Festival.

This has to be one of the best shows in the Cabaret Festival. Maybe the best…. a cross-section of singer-composer Sean Peter's works. Many come from his musicals, Dutch Courage, The Pink Files, SCAM, Everything's F**ked, and some are just his songs. They roam the moods and states of the human condition. Some melancholy, some uproarious. Some sweet, some angry. Some sad, some folly – Adelaide Advertiser,
… a celebration of the past, the present and the future of musical theatre. Peter's shows have constantly pushed back and reshaped the boundaries of musical theatre. … (His songs) are direct, expressive, musically progressive and emotionally accessible. They exhibit a unique style and power that stamps Peter as someone likely to write not just one great musical, but several if given the chance. Sunday Mail

Dutch Courage told the story of a Gay resistance group in world war two. It has been performed in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, and New York’s Wing’s Theatre Company.

What gives Dutch Courage its emotional density is Sean Peter’s music and lyrics, with songs of satiric bite, heart catching pathos, and sometimes searing power - The Bulletin,

The Pink Files, commissioned by Junction Theatre tells the story of Gay Life in Adelaide from WWII to the beginnings of Gay Liberation in the 1970s . It was performed as part of the Centenary of Federation celebrations as well as Adelaide’s Feast Festival.

… terrific songs … The humour, glamour and tragedy leaves no dry eyes. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. It’ll be worth every cent you pay and worthy of its’ opening night standing ovation. - Rip It Up

SCAM!, also commissioned by Adelaide’s Junction Theatre Company, was through sung and performed by 5 principals and chorus to a pre - recorded multi media soundtrack.

... the result is a show exhilarating and accomplished, handling the technological challenges with ease and a cracking pace. Sean Peter is a composer of wit and eclectic fluency conjuring up several fine tunes (Paulie's phone call to her mother is haunting). The more recitative - style sections had a narrative and dramatic ease to which the authoritative performances of the principals were eloquent testimony