You know Rob Gordon. We all know Rob Gordon. He’s the kind of guy who can drip with self-loathing yet somehow still feel righteously superior to everyone around him. The kind of guy who can tell you why your favourite album isn’t as good as the one they released just before it.
The kind of guy who owns a collection of rare vinyl he calls “the motherlode” and a failing record store he calls “the last real record store on earth” – both unironically. He’s that kind of guy… And he just got dumped for all those reasons and then some…
Star of Kinky Boots, Toby Francis was already announced as Rob Gordon, the show’s protagonist. Joining him as Laura, the (now ex) girlfriend, is Teagan Wouters who was this year nominated for a Helpmann Award for her performance as Toby’s fiancé in Kinky Boots.
Dash Kruck recently charmed audiences in the acclaimed production of Little Shop of Horrors and will be playing Dick, the nerdy music expert and record store employee, and fellow Kinky Boots cast member Joe Kosky will play Barry, Rob’s music snob workmate who dreams of one day becoming a rock god.
Rounding out the cast are Erin Clare (We Will Rock You), Denise Devlin (Rent), Bronte Florian (Kinky Boots), Zoe Gertz (Georgy Girl), Anthony Gooley (Calamity Jane), Alex Jeans (American Idiot), Jenni Little (Kinky Boots), Matthew Predny (Kinky Boots), and newcomer Madison Hegarty.
“High Fidelity is a show that requires not only a cast of excellent singers and actors, but also performers that have great comic timing,” said director Neil Gooding. “Over several days in Sydney, we saw some of the strongest auditions I have ever seen. We have assembled the most exciting cast of actors that you could wish for, and I can’t wait to get started on the show. I think there are going to be a lot of laughs… and some blazing vocals!”
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby and the Touchstone Pictures Film, High Fidelity features a book by David Lindsay-Abaire, lyrics by Amanda Green, and an original score with music by Tom Kitt – before he sold-out and won the Pulitzer Prize for Next to Normal – and tells the story of life and vinyl while skillfully evoking the sounds and styles of the greatest artists a record store can offer: artists like Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, U2, The Beatles, Heart, Pat Benatar, Guns ’n’ Roses, Ben Folds, The Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre and Marvin Gaye.
High Fidelity plays at the Hayes Theatre Co: 18 November – 17 December 2017. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit: www.hayestheatre.com.au for details.
Image: Teagan Wouters, Toby Francis, Joe Kosky and Dash Kruck to feature in High Fidelity – photo by Lauren Peters