Company Eleven presented They’re Playing our Song at one of Melbourne’s newest performance spaces, The MC Showroom. Seating just over one hundred patrons, the newly established and intimate venue in Prahran, Melbourne. (Victoria, Australia.)
For The Record.
Venue: The MC Showroom
Address: Level 1, 48 Clifton Street, Prahran VIC 3181
3 SHOWS ONLY
Friday 6th October – 7:30pm
Saturday 7th October – 2pm
Saturday 7th October – 7:30pm
Company Eleven Presents:
Based on the real life relationship of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, “They’re Playing Our Song” tells the story of a neurotic composer (Vernon Gersch) and an eccentric lyricist (Sonia Walsk) trying to juggle their budding professional and personal relationships.
“They’re Playing Our Song” is a Tony Award nominated musical comedy featuring a book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager.
From October 6 to 7 at The MC Showroom, Company Eleven staged its first musical, They’re Playing Our Song. The musical was directed and choreographed by Sam Hooper and feature musical direction by Chris Nolan.
LISTEN! SAMPLE MUSIC FROM “THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG”
The cast included Glenn Hill (Rob Guest Endowment Winner, Matilda, Hello Dolly), Alana Tranter (Hello Dolly, Ned – The New Australian Musical, Georgy Girl), Baylie Carson (Hello Dolly), Belle Power, Sam Ward (Jesus Christ Superstar) and James Watkinson.
The Company was established by two graduates from the inaugural Victorian College of the Arts ‘Bachelor of Music Theatre’ degree (Company 11),
Nominated for three Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards, They’re Playing Our Song will be Company Eleven’s debut musical, after producing the well-received Third World Blues directed by Margot Fenley.
Directing the production is VCA graduate Sam Hooper. Hooper’s recent credits include the international tour of CATS (Really Useful Group), a season of his show Death Becomes You in the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, and directing and choreographing the multi award winning Catch Me If You Can for Old Carey Performing Arts Club (OCPAC), receiving the Victorian Guild Awards for Best Direction and Best Choreography.
Stepping into the role of Sonia Walsk (inspired by Academy Award Winning Lyricist, Carole Bayer Sager) was up and coming music theatre performer Alana Tranter. Also a graduate of the VCA, Tranter is one of the co-founders of Company Eleven. Her professional credits include Georgy Girl, Ned – The New Australian Musical and most recently Ernestina Money in The Production Company’s Hello Dolly.
Seasoned performer Glenn Hill played Vernon Gersch (inspired by Tony Award Winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch). Winner of the 2012 Rob Guest Endowment, Hill’s professional career spans almost 20 years and includes credits such as Matilda, Jesus Christ Superstar, MAMMA MIA! and We Will Rock You. Hill recently played Cornelius Hackle in The Production Company’s Hello Dolly, being described as bringing “… a fresh, sincere energy that endears the plucky character to the audience”.
Company Eleven is an exciting new independent theatre company, founded by students of the inaugural Victorian College of the Arts ‘Bachelor of Music Theatre’ degree. Focusing on creating affordable, high quality theatre and providing opportunities for passionate and talented Melbourne artists.