The carnival is definitely not over for the record breaking Australian swinging sixties singing group The Seekers. In fact it is really just about to begin again as Georgy Girl The Seeker’s Musical has its world premiere in Melbourne on 22nd December, 2015.
The much-anticipated show will have a strictly limited season of 14 weeks in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre before opening in Sydney at the State Theatre in April 2016 announced MC Brian Nankervis when hosting the official launch. Right here right now commented Athol Guy, this is as good as it gets.
There’s a new world somewhere
They call the promised land.
And I’ll be there someday
If you will hold my hand.
I still need you there beside me
No matter what I do
For I know I’ll never find another you
Everyone attending was nostalgically enveloped in the warm welcoming atmosphere created at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl on Monday morning 24 August 2015 for the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle to officially launch the musical.
Georgy Girl is all set to be a wonderful success for its Septuagenarian role models. From a Café in South Yarra to the Concert Halls of England and America, The Seekers were the first Aussie group to be a huge international success.
The media were treated to a mini musical event following the announcement of the new cast. They received a rousing reception for their edgy and ripper rendition of the #1 Hit Song I will Never Find Another You.
Seasoned and successful musical theatre actor singers who have all earned their stripes in other successful shows, Pippa Grandison will lead as Judith Durham, with Phillip Lowe as Keith Potger, Mike McLeish as Bruce Woodley and Glaston Toft as Athol Guy.
Actor Ian Stenlake, who won many hearts on Australian television for years in Sea Patrol, is playing Judith’s love interest John Ashby.
He and Pippa were very animated as they sang about The Colours of My Life. His voice has many rich colours and it was a delightful duet.
Predictably Georgy Girl the song was the great finale, and they all received a standing ovation from The Seeker’s themselves. Making it the title of the show perhaps augurs well for it receiving a run on Broadway in America where it originally reached No #1.
Pippa is graduating from being ‘Wicked’ to playing the role of probably one of the nicest people on the planet. She and the rest of the cast sported broad smiles.
The musical features the songs that have become infused into the DNA of many Australians for generations, a unique harmony of sound, which is instantly recognizable
Georgy Girl The Seeker’s Musical will span the decades from selling millions of records and topping the charts around the world, breaking up in 1968 and eventually reuniting in 1993, when they reformed for their ‘25 Year Silver Jubilee Reunion Celebration’ tour.
Following their story from folk and jazz beginnings in South Yarra to world pop stardom, the musical is being produced by Dennis Smith and Richard East from a story written by scriptwriter Patrick Edgworth. He consulted Graham Simpson who wrote Judith’s life story and the musical based on their amazing adventure. It will l have a strictly limited season of 14 weeks in Melbourne before opening at Sydney in the State Theatre, April 2016.
The Lord Mayor also announced Melbourne is Australia’s number one musical hit destination, with its fabulous theatres, including its heritage numbers The Princess, The Regent and Her Majesty’s, which are booked out until the end of 2018.
Victorian of the Year Judith Durham AO The Seekers lead singer, together with long time friends and singing buddies Keith Potger AO and Athol Guy AO must have enjoyed a fabulous de ja vu moment on stage.
It was at the ‘Bowl’ in 1967 that a performance by The Seekers with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra drew a mammoth crowd of more than 200,000 people, a feat unsurpassed since.
Bruce Woodley couldn’t be there but beamed in on screen momentarily to send his best to all for the cast announcement, confirming the old adage that what goes around can come around again.
On stage they noted it was …
“In August 2014, Richard East and Dennis Smith asked us to be part of an invited industry audience at a workshop presentation of the musical. The response from the audience was amazing – a standing ovation. It was everything we could have wanted and more”.
“There is no other city in the world we could have opened this in,” said Richard East. “Melbourne is the home of The Seekers, and where it all began for Judith, Athol, Keith and Bruce in 1962 before they went on to capture the hearts and conquer the charts of the rest of the world.”Last year they celebrated with their sold out 50th anniversary ‘Golden Jubilee’ tour, including two capacity concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
There has also been some 14 million YouTube views of The Seeker’s 1968 classic I’ll Never Find Another You, which was my favourite song the year my first son was born.
A message from The Seekers said… “We hope you will share and continue to enjoy our journey, as our story comes to life as a brand new Australian musical”.Hey there Georgy Girl… you won all our hearts way back then. There is no doubt in my mind you will be sure to succeed winning millions more with Georgy Girl The Seeker’s Musical.
I could search the whole world over
Until my life is through
But I know I’ll never find another you.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015