PARIS- A Rock Odyssey returns to the stage

  • Jul 13, 2017

A wealth of home grown talent will take to the stage for PARIS – A Rock Odyssey this week.

The musical has returned as a tribute to its co-creator – Aussie legend Jon English.

Paris - A Rock Odyssey. Photo: Melbourne Recital Centre

Paris – A Rock Odyssey. Photo: Melbourne Recital Centre

Starring the likes of John Waters, Ben Mingay, The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman and ‘80s rock sensation Brian Mannix, the production will be playing just four performances this month.

English was working with Music Theatre Melbourne (MTM) and Stella Entertainment on future plans for PARIS at the time of his death last year, aged 66.

MTM Director Mark Featherby said Jon was working on the forthcoming production before his unexpected passing.

“We spent several meetings making plans. He wanted John Waters in our show and we are so grateful John is playing Ulysses. He was on the original cast album and has such an integral association with Jon and PARIS.”

The story behind the story

PARIS, a love story drawn from Greek mythology, began as a soundtrack before its amateur theatre debut in Sydney in 2003 and Melbourne in 2004.

Productions were staged throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and in Europe in 2010 when PARIS was translated into German.

The double CD (remember those shiny disc things?), recorded in London and released in 1990, sold more than 50,000 copies and won the 1991 ARIA Music Award for best original soundtrack.

The soundtrack featured Jon English in the role of Hector, together with John Waters, Barry Humphries, Philip Quast, Doc Neeson, John Parr, Sheila Parker, Joe Fagin, Demis Roussos, David Atkins and Terence Donovan.

It was also backed by the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir.

Paris - A Rock Odyssey

Paris – A Rock Odyssey

What’s it about?

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 giant wooden horse full of warriors which was used to infiltrate the city of Troy.

You remember that tragic film with the amazing cast, including Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, etc? Yeah, that Troy.

The story captured the imagination of a young Jonathan Sora- English when his father read him bedtime stories of Greek mythology.

English developed the musical PARIS over three years with David Mackay.

Who’s in it?

Paris cast.

John Waters

One of Australia’s most awarded leading actors in film, television and theatre. John’s theatre credits span across many productions in Australia and the UK.

Ben Mingay

Musician and international theatre performer, Ben’s recent work includes Mel Gibson’s film Hacksaw Ridge and Nine Network’s TV series House of Bond as Alan Bond.

Tim Freedman

Singer and songwriter in Australian band The Whitlams.

The Whitlams’ last six albums have achieved Gold and Platinum sales and in 1997 the band was awarded Best Song and Best Group at the ARIA Awards.