Happy to be in disco daze THE ES­SEN­TIALS

Canning Gazette - - MUSIC - Tanya Macnaughto­n

IT has been seven years since Syd­ney mu­sic the­atre per­form­ers Kirby Burgess and Ben Min­gay met and fell in love while work­ing on the Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion of An Of­fi­cer and A Gen­tle­man.

Since then they have sung to­gether by re­quest at fam­ily bar­be­cues and even recorded an al­bum of favourites for their near­est and dear­est as a wed­ding present when they got mar­ried last year.

Perth au­di­ences will get to ex­pe­ri­ence their pro­fes­sional stage re­union when the cou­ple sing in WASO’S Disco Won­der­land at Perth Con­cert Hall.

“Pro­fes­sion­ally speak­ing, this will be the next time since the first time,” Burgess said.

“It’ll be all the disco favourites and then a cou­ple of left-of-cen­tre ones that I’d for­got­ten about.

“You’ll still know them but they might not be the ob­vi­ous choice. WHAT: WASO’S Disco Won­der­land

WHERE: Perth Con­cert Hall

WHEN: Novem­ber 8 and 9 TICK­ETS: www.waso. com.au

“I think work­ing with WASO is go­ing to be just an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I haven’t worked with the or­ches­tra be­fore but Ben has and speaks very highly of the com­pany.”

Burgess and Min­gay join the line-up with Kate Ceberano and X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist Nathaniel Willemse.

“Disco is mu­sic ev­ery­body knows re­gard­less of whether you grew up in that era or not,” Burgess said.

“I think we’re still in­trigued by the his­tory and glam­our of disco and Stu­dio 54.”

Both Burgess and Min­gay have spent quite a lot of time in Perth dur­ing their ca­reers, most re­cently this year when Min­gay played the ti­tle role in WA Opera’s Sweeney Todd and Burgess starred in cheer­lead­ing mu­si­cal Bring It On.

“The show was the most phys­i­cally and vo­cally chal­leng­ing pro­duc­tion

I’ve done,” she said.

“It’s quite in­cred­i­ble how they’ve writ­ten that lead role but I did it, so that was amaz­ing.”

Her wardrobe will be a world away from a cheer­lead­ing uni­form when she steps out on the Disco Won­der­land stage in pos­si­bly her own de­sign.

“I do like to make a lot of my own clothes and most of the time when you see me at red car­pet events it’s in some­thing I’ve cre­ated,” Burgess said.

“I’ve got some ideas in mind but I have to wait to talk to the pro­duc­tion man­ager first to see what their ideas are.

“I think it’ll prob­a­bly be some­thing I've cre­ated and def­i­nitely with se­quins, big hair and big make-up.”

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