Bringing A Greek Odyssey Back To The Stage
Jon English was known for many different accomplishments throughout his life including multiple top twenty hit singles and, most famously, his stint as the Pirate King in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. But far from just a performer, he also wrote the musical rock odyssey PARIS which, at the time of his death, he was planning to bring back to the stage. In honour of this iconic performer, Music Theatre Melbourne (MTM) is following through on these plans to bring this epic love story to the stage of Melbourne Recital Centre from July 13-15 with an all-star cast.
Leading this new – incredibly limited – production, will be John Waters (The Addams Family, Offspring) as Ulysses, a role which he performed on the original cast album. “[Jon] wanted John Waters in our show and we are so grateful John is playing Ulysses as he was on the original cast album and has such an integral association with Jon and PARIS” says Mark Featherby, Music Theatre Melbourne
Joining John Waters will be Ben Mingay (An Officer and a Gentleman, Wonderland) as Achilles, Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables) as Cassandra, Matthew Manahan as Paris and Madeleine Featherby as Helen alongside musician Jonathan Sora-English leading the PARIS band.
Directed by Neil Gooding, with musical direction by Isaac Hayward, PARIS tells the tale of the forbidden passion of Paris, the Prince of Troy, and Helen, the Queen of Sparta.
It was a love affair that sparked the Trojan Wars and inspired the fiendishly brilliant idea of creating a giant wooden horse full of warriors to infiltrate the city of Troy.
The story captured the imagination of a young Jon English when his father read him bedtime stories of Greek mythology.
PARIS will be remounted for strictly limited season at Melbourne Recital Centre from July 13 to 15. Tickets are on sale now through www.melbournerecital.com.au