Ip­swich star at QPAC

West­side stu­dent re­turns to coun­try to per­form in Broad­way hit

The Queensland Times - - News - SEANNA CRONIN Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal opens at QPAC’s Lyric The­atre on July 13. It plays through Au­gust 30. For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion go to qpac.com.au or beau­ti­ful­mu­si­cal.com.au.

SEAN Sin­clair can’t wait to per­form in front of a home­town crowd when Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal opens at QPAC.

The Broad­way hit is the West­side Chris­tian Col­lege grad­u­ate’s first pro­fes­sional role at home af­ter sev­eral years work­ing over­seas.

“I moved to Syd­ney when I was 18 to study at the Australian In­sti­tute of Mu­sic and it was that thing of some­times to work you need to get ex­pe­ri­ence, so I was like ‘I’ll go over­seas and work’,” he said.

“I came home to fin­ish my de­gree and I was re­ally lucky with this show be­ing avail­able when it was.

“I re­mem­ber see­ing shows at QPAC and now I’m go­ing to be on the (Lyric) stage.”

Beau­ti­ful tells the true story of Ca­role King’s re­mark­able rise from teenage song­writer to global su­per­star.

The song­writer fought her way into New York City’s record busi­ness as a school­girl but it wasn’t un­til her per­sonal life be­gan to crack that she fi­nally found her true voice and went on to be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful solo artists in pop mu­sic his­tory with her best-sell­ing 1971 al­bum Tapestry.

“I knew the show was com­ing to Aus­tralia at the end of my cruise con­tract. I went to New York and saw it on a Thurs­day af­ter­noon,” he said.

“When I watched the show I had no idea what I was go­ing to see but I knew all the songs, which just shows how good her mu­sic re­ally is. It’s been used over and over again.

“Now with a plat­form like this it’s reach­ing even more peo­ple.”

Sean plays half a dozen dif­fer­ent roles in the show as a swing and is also the mu­si­cal’s dance cap­tain.

“I cover the main four singers in The Drifters (R&B group) but us six swings have to do ev­ery­body’s plot,” he said.

“You have to be able pick up some­body else’s track at the drop of a hat.

“It’s just a fun show. It’s the best con­tract I’ve been on so far.”

Even if you’re not a Ca­role King fan, Sean says it’s still worth see­ing the show.

“It’s not like Cats or Phantom of the Opera, so don’t think of it as a mu­si­cal,” he said.

“You’re go­ing to see a concert in a mu­si­cal set­ting, and it’s mu­sic you’re def­i­nitely go­ing to know.”

Photo: Ben Sy­mons/ Bridges PR

ON STAGE: The Australian cast of Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal.

Photo: Bridges PR

Ip­swich na­tive Sean Sin­clair.

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