david hawkins brings ben vereen

OMIGOD! The most exciting news all day!

David Hawkins, of Showtune Productions, is bringing the legendary Tony Award winning song and dance man


to Australia in June! *screams*

Now, it’s unlikely that I’ll get to travel south to see him live, due to all the Travelling North I’m doing at the moment, followed by our commitment to the Noosa Longweekend (full program released on May 1st), but in case you’re able to go, here are the delicious details.



22 JUNE 2012

23 JUNE 2012
 or PH 13 2849

28 JUNE 2012
or PH 13 2849

A true legend of Broadway, Ben Vereen will be Steppin’ Out with a unique blend of artistry combining a journey of his amazing career on Broadway, and paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr. Each performance is filled with song and dance, stories of his life, and a great deal of humour.

Tony Award winner for his role in Pippin, Vereen has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Fosse, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam, A Christmas Carol and I’m Not Rappaport. Vereen’s film credits include Bob Fosse’s classics Sweet Charity and All That Jazz and Barbara Streisand’s Funny Lady. Vereen starred as ‘Chicken George’ in the 7 Emmy Award winning mini-series Rootsas ‘Chiken George’, other TV appearances include How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order: CI, OZ, Touched By An Angel, Second Noah, New York Undercover, The Nanny, and Star Trek – The Next Generation.

Well, when I read the news on Facebook today during our tech run, I exclaimed out loud something a little more Legally Blonde than Travelling North like, “OMIGOD! YOU GUYS! BEN VEREEN!” And Julia, who plays Frank’s daughter, Joan (Andrea Moor played the role in the film), was just as excited as I was and that was so excited that we started singing PIPPIN. And by singing PIPPIN I mean dancing around the new dressing room, singing the opening number at the top of our voices. Andree, who makes her stage debut as Helen, just stared. Clearly, we should have been running lines. But look, you can never have too much PIPPIN. It stays with you. I was Fastrada when I was fifteen…

Fastrada costume (sans character shoes) by Mum. Taken on location at the Stringybark Road residence.

And our Pippin? Well, he’s also gone onto bigger and better things!

Look for him on stage at  the Olivier Awards, performing with the UK touring company of South Pacific!

Our Pippin, Lawrence Carmichael, with Director, Ian Austin in 1990

Hello, Sailor! South Pacific 2012

Meanwhile, you’ve booked your Ben Vereen tickets, haven’t you?

If you’re not booking them right away you’ll miss out!

And if you manage to get hold of a couple of extra tickets for Sydney on the 28th (we’re at the Noosa Longweekend until then) let me know! Seeing Ben Vereen as the Leading Player in PIPPIN (on VHS) changed my life a little bit . Imagine what it will be like to see this legend perform LIVE! This is what the independent producers do – well, this is what we’ve noticed David Hawkins does – he brings out the entertainers who will change your life.




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