THE SOUNDTRACK OF LIFE
COMO resident Richard Maganga will embark on a journey through the world of break-ups, make-ups and music obsessions this March on stage in the musical version of High Fidelity.
Based on the book by Nick Hornby, the show explores love, life and the importance music plays as the soundtrack to both.
The story follows Rob Gordon, a Brooklyn record shop owner who is obsessed with making top five lists for everything and always observing life, rather than participating.
When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-evaluation of lifewith some help from music and learns he needs to let go of his self-centred views to find happiness.
High Fidelity was adapted into a film in 2000 featuring John Cusack and Jack Black.
Maganga plays Barry, an individual obsessed with music and being able to perform it for other people.
“He is very picky about the way things are organised in the record shop, but he also has a soft spot for a girl he barely has the courage to talk to,” Maganga said.
“The main challenge is being able to bring something fresh to a role that is really popular and making Barry my own creation.”
Acting for the past three years, Maganga has performed at a number of local theatres and received a best supporting actor nomination for his role in Sweet Charity at the annual Limelight Theatre Awards.
“High Fidelity appealed because I loved the movie with John Cusack,” Maganga said.
“I liked the story and the idea of being able to turn it into a musical seemed exciting.”
Photo: Kristen Twynam-Perkins
Como resident Richard Maganga, David Wallace and Kyle Kash are appearing in High Fidelity this March.