Set in 1969, Rebel recalls his journey from small town Texan farm boy to one of California’s hottest acts during the peak of the rock and roll era. A story of self-discovery, self-acceptance and family – whatever that happens to be. A love letter to country music and storytelling; REBEL pays tribute to LGBTIQ+ history.
Featuring a Book and Greenroom Award-nominated Original Songs by Downing (God Only Knows, Beautiful Things, Ultimate 90s Playlist), this new production is directed by Clary Riven (Tinder Tales, Memphis) with musical direction by Melbourne-theatre favourite Tyson Legg, and Set & Costume Design is by Betty Auhl (UgLeigh, Polygraph). Frank Kerr performs the titular role of Rebel (David).
After two development seasons in 2014 (Midsumma, Melbourne Cabaret Festival), the production is now presented in its entirety for the first time. “I am really excited to take on Rebel and perform this awesome score,” said Kerr. “The role is something special.”
“Frank is the perfect guy for Rebel,” adds Downing. “He’s charming, talented and genuinely appreciates good storytelling.”
REBEL – A New Musical
The MC Showroom, 1/48 Clifton Street, Prahran
Season: 16 – 20 October 2019
Information and Bookings: www.themcshowroom.com
Image: Frank Kerr stars in REBEL – A New Musical (supplied)