De­ci­sive mo­ments drive this mu­si­cal

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En­sem­ble opens its 2013 sea­son with a crit­i­cally ac­claimed, of­fBroad­way pop-rock mu­si­cal about sur­viv­ing life-chang­ing mo­ments. Songs For A New World opens at Beenleigh’s Pavil­ion The­atre to­mor­row night. It is a col­lec­tion of songs deal­ing with ma­jor life de­ci­sions and how each de­ci­sion af­fects a char­ac­ter’s life. Di­rec­tor Zane C. We­ber says the mu­si­cal res­onates with au­di­ences be­cause ev­ery­one has strug­gled in some way with a big moment in life. ‘‘This is a show for any­one who has ever ag­o­nised over a de­ci­sion, any­one who has ever wanted to es­cape from re­spon­si­bil­ity, any­one who has loved or been loved, spurned or been spurned,’’ he says. ‘‘Each per­former fol­lows a dif­fer­ent path through th­ese sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences the changes dif­fer­ently, but all of them ex­plore the di­chotomy of hope ver­sus re­gret.’’ Zane says Songs For A New World also looks at re­la­tion­ships be­tween men and women and be­tween par­ents and chil­dren. ‘‘It tries to show how past re­la­tion­ships can af­fect our present de­ci­sions and how im­por­tant it is to learn from our mis­takes and also the mis­takes of oth­ers.’’ The Phoenix cast in­cludes Josh Daveta, Nick Hol­lamby, Rhi­an­non Moushall and Alex Fiefers. Zane says he was at­tracted to the show be­cause of its mu­sic and the characters’ jour­neys, all told through song. Re­ferred to as a song cy­cle, it’s a style of mu­si­cal that presents unique chal­lenges. ‘‘My main chal­lenge was find­ing a rea­son that th­ese peo­ple are in the same room singing th­ese songs and jus­ti­fy­ing that around the set text of the songs them­selves,’’ Zane says.

plays the Pavil­ion The­atre, Beenleigh, Fri­days and Satur­days at 7.30pm from to­mor­row un­til March 23.

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