Show ex­plores tragic rock deaths

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By SUE FEA

Queen­stown’s very own mu­si­cal icon Mar­garet O’Han­lon has done it again – this time with a col­lab­o­ra­tion of lo­cal tal­ent. Her fourth orig­i­nal rock-n-roll theatre en­deav­our, 27, in­cor­po­rates the rise and the fall of six rock leg­ends who all died at the age of 27. It’s based around lead role Ri­ley Cor­mac, a strug­gling mu­si­cian with no promis­ing fu­ture, played by 18-year-old Sam Maxwell. ‘‘He dreams he has been given the ul­ti­mate of­fer; that of fame and for­tune in ex­change for his soul at the age of 27,’’ says O’Han­lon. His friends and fam­ily bear a co­in­ci­den­tal re­sem­blance to some of the rock iconic fig­ures who trag­i­cally died at 27. Cor­mac has to de­cide if he wants to be fa­mous in re­turn for pay­ing ‘‘a ter­ri­ble price’’. Songs per­formed by the pol­ished lineup of tal­ented Queen­stown per­form­ers in­clude well-known hits from the singers the lead char­ac­ters are based on, while oth­ers are orig­i­nals, writ­ten by O’Han­lon and lo­cal per­form­ers, Katy An­der­son, who first came up with the con­cept, Thomas Brins­ley, Max Gunn, Alex Fraser and Josh Mehrtens, just 17. ‘‘It’s a bril­liant col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with an all-star cast of 18-11 prin­ci­pals and seven fan­tas­tic com­pany mem­bers,’’ Ms O’Hanl-

Mem­bers of the cast of 27: from left; Alex Fraser, Holly Hoogvliet, Sam Maxwell and Fiona Stephen­son. on said. She was de­nied the li­cence to per­form hit songs from the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Doors, so she and her tal­ented band of per­form­ers put note to pa­per and wrote their own, An­der­son pen­ning two num­bers es­pe­cially for the show.

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