33rd Season Opener on Stage at Stages St. Louis
Australian-born Peter Allen was a musician and entertainer known for his flamboyant stage persona and lavish costumes. His musical creativity also was embraced by other artists.
To get peeks at unique aspects of Allen’s story, check out The Boy From Oz, production presented by Stages St. Louis from May 31 through June 30 at the Robert G. Reim Theatre, 111 S. Geyer Road in Kirkwood. It’s the Midwest premiere and rare North American production of the Australian hit. It’s been called a showbiz celebration of life, love and being fabulous!
Dazzling and hilarious as the legendary Peter Allen himself, Stages’ representatives indicate this production follows the Australian singer-songwriter from his humble beginnings performing in back-country pubs to his international stardom beside Hollywood icons.
For instance, he and Liza Minnelli divorced after seven years of marriage.
Allen’s first solo gig was opening for Bette Midler at the Bitter End nightclub in Greenwich Village in 1970.
Allen’s songs were made popular by recording artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Sherman, Anne Murray, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Manchester, Bernadette Peters and Olivia Newton-John. His song “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” sung by American singer Christopher Cross, won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1981.
In addition to recording albums, he enjoyed a cabaret and concert career, including appearing at the Radio City Music Hall riding a camel. His patriotism song “I Still Call Australia Home” was used extensively in advertising campaigns and was added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia registry in 2013.
Several years after Allen’s death in 1992, The Boy from Oz musical documentary was written about his life. It ran on Broadway and earned Hugh Jackman a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Hugh led the show on tour in Australia.
Tickets to this production range from $25 to $65 each and can be ordered from StagesStLouis.org. The Chesterfield Box Office is located at 1023 Chesterfield Parkway East.