Decisive moments drive this musical
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.