Following its acclaimed premiere season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Christie Whelan Browne will star in Steve Vizard’s mesmerising and uplifting one-woman musical theatrical encounter, Vigil at Arts Centre Melbourne from 5 July 2017.
Christmas Eve: a time for peace, love, carols, reunion and family. But not this Christmas Eve. Not this reunion. Liz, the 30-something prodigal daughter bursts through the door after years of sybaritic globe-trotting.
A musical and theatrical tour de force, stunningly portrayed by Christie Whelan Browne, Liz is talented, shameless, beautiful, troubled and hilariously needy. But this time she wants more than pinot gris, a loan, and to borrow her mother’s clothes – she wants answers. And the real question is: what will be left after all the reminiscing, retribution, blame, claims and confession?
Comprising more than 10 original songs, Whelan Browne’s compelling voice, accompanied by piano giant Joe Chindamo and violin virtuoso Zoë Black, will dazzle in a mesmerising journey of song and theatrical intimacy.
Christie Whelan Browne is one of Australia’s most dazzling musical and theatrical stars. Fresh from her triumphant starring role in the MTC’s acclaimed production of Born Yesterday, Whelan Browne is a stunningly versatile actress and singer, who has delighted audiences playing alongside Geoffrey Rush in The Drowsy Chaperone, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and The Importance of Being Earnest, and dazzled in Britney Spears: The Cabaret.
Steve Vizard is an acclaimed and award winning writer, performer, producer and lawyer who has worked across film, radio, theatre and television and in the arts, major events and public affairs, who has written and produced numerous award winning shows for theatre, radio, television and film.
Vizard’s works for theatre and cabaret include the memorable The Last Man Standing which premiered in 2015 at the Melbourne Theatre Company, and the brilliantly acclaimed 2016 Chamber Opera, Banquet of Secrets, composed with Paul Grabowsky.
Joe Chindamo is an internationally acclaimed, award winning, pianist, composer and arranger whose distinguished career spans jazz, classical and popular music, international concert performances, recording and film and television soundtrack performance, and who is recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished jazz pianists, performing concerts all over the world, including notably, the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Tokyo Dome and The Lincoln Centre, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Sydney Opera house.
Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Season continues to 8 July 2017
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Christie Whelan Browne stas in Vigil (supplied)