HEY THERE GE­ORGY GIRL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Tanya MacNaughton

YOU do not have to go in to Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion Ge­orgy Girl – The Seek­ers Mu­si­cal know­ing the band’s discog­ra­phy to en­joy it.

You just need to like a great story and this show de­liv­ers that, along with all the clas­sic songs those who are fans of The Seek­ers would ex­pect.

Be­ing a child of the 1980s, I missed liv­ing through the era where they be­came the first Aus­tralian band to make it big on the in­ter­na­tional stage; a level that saw them rub shoul­ders with The Bea­tles and Dusty Spring­field.

This bi­o­graph­i­cal mu­si­cal takes au­di­ences to the swing­ing 1960s and delves into the highs and lows of the Mel­bourne folk four piece – Ju­dith Durham, Keith Pot­ger, Bruce Wood­ley and Athol Guy - who soared to great heights be­fore Durham walked away.

The show also cov­ers the sub­se­quent 25th and 50th an­niver­sary re­union tours.

Wit­tily nar­rated by Durham’s late hus­band Ron Edge­wa­ter (Luke Joslin), it is re­fresh­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a mu­si­cal of this cal­i­bre us­ing largely Aus­tralian ac­cents and hu­mour.

Perth-born per­former Pippa Gran­di­son, pre­vi­ously on Crown The­atre Perth stage as Mrs Banks in Mary Pop­pins, has per­fected the Durham singing stance to match a voice that soars ef­fort­lessly across ev­ery note.

Gran­di­son’s role pro­vides in­sight into Durham’s in­se­cu­ri­ties about her ap­pear­ance and in­de­ci­sive­ness in mu­sic genre di­rec­tion (she sang jazz and was on her way to opera stud­ies be­fore join­ing The Seek­ers) while also fol­low­ing her love life and per­sonal tragedy.

Our full re­view and on­line gallery of pro­duc­tion photos are at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au.

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A scene from Ge­orgy Girl – The Seek­ers Mu­si­cal.

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