Following rave reviews at the Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals and Sydney’s Hayes Theatre, Phil Scott and Blake Bowden present Mario – a tribute to one of the biggest musical stars of the 1950s at the Canberra Theatre Centre for a limited season from 19 May 2016.
In the 1950s Mario Lanza was a Hollywood tenor superstar. His records topped the charts and everyone fell for his charm and beautiful voice. Ten years later, he was all washed up, dying mysteriously at the age of 38. What happened?
Part opera and part music theatre, Mario encompasses a broad range of musical styles. Highlights include Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, Nessun Dorma, Caro Mio Ben and The Loveliest Night of the Year.
Directed by Chris Parker, Blake Bowden (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific) sings up a storm as the stormy Lanza, while writer/satirist/ pianist and the Wharf Revue’s Phil Scott fills in the gaps, playing various characters in the singer’s life.
“With Phil Scott’s skilful piano playing and the beautifully crooning voice of Blake Bowden, Mario is an enjoyable and educational journey through the life of one of the greatest tenors of all time.” – Glam Adelaide
Courtyard Studio – Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra
Performances: 19 – 21 May 2016
Information and bookings: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Image: Blake Bowden and Phil Scott (supplied)