SWING’S SUITOR

Mu­si­cal theatre’s Michael Fal­zon is cov­er­ing up from per­form­ing in his un­der­wear to don­ning a suave suit for his new swing mu­sic pro­duc­tion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - JODIE MUNRO-O’BRIEN

He won’t be stand­ing in front of the au­di­ence in his un­der­wear this time, but Michael Fal­zon will be hav­ing a swing­ing time on stage.

The 42-year-old for­mer Bris­bane stu­dent says he lost 10kg in prepa­ra­tion for his 2011 role as rock star Stacee Jaxx in the popular Rock of Ages pro­duc­tion, but this time he’ll be fully dressed in a suave suit along­side three co-stars in his self-pro­duced show Swing on This.

“I’d just moved back from Lon­don where I’d had a dose of the Heathrow in­jec­tion (putting on weight in the UK cap­i­tal),” Fal­zon says of his prepa­ra­tion for the Stacee Jaxx role.

“I would work out in the morn­ing, go to re­hearsals and then do weights in the evening. By open­ing night I’d lost 10kg in 10 weeks.

“There’s no mo­ti­va­tion quite like hav­ing to wear un­der­wear in front of a theatre full of peo­ple.”

The mu­si­cal theatre per­former has kept up run­ning for fun since.

He will ap­pear along­side es­tab­lished per­form­ers Luke Kennedy, Matt Lee and Ben Min­gay in a swing con­cert on the Gold Coast.

It will in­clude the mu­sic of Michael Bu­ble, Harry Con­nick Jr, Frank Sinatra and Rob­bie Wil­liams, as well as rock and pop songs turned into swing, all ac­com­pa­nied by an 18-piece live big band.

“It’s brash, very cheeky and is pretty elec­tric due to the tal­ent I share the stage with,” Fal­zon says.

“I looked around at who my friends in the in­dus­try were and who I wanted to share a stage with but never had a chance, due to us al­ways work­ing in dif­fer­ent pro­duc­tions.

“To get four lead­ing men on stage to­gether might be the Holy Grail. We’re hav­ing a great time and the au­di­ences seem to ap­pre­ci­ate that.”

Pic­ture: KURT SNED­DON

Michael Fal­zon is bring­ing Swing on This to the Gold Coast.

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