Show explores tragic rock deaths
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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