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Tribute to an idol

The music of Elton John is celebrated in the latest production by Brisbane’s The Little Red Company

- Story PHIL BROWN Your Song, April 22-May 1, Judith Wright Arts Centre, Fortitude Valley. thelittler­edcompany.com

Elton John’s songs resonate with people of all ages. And realising that inspired Naomi Price and her pals at The Little Red Company to base their next show on that fact.

Your Song, at Judith Wright Arts Centre from April 22, will celebrate the unforgetta­ble music of Elton John and share the memorable moments that music evokes in everyday people.

The company’s last show, There’s Something About Music, celebrated hit songs from romantic comedies, It came hot on the heels of Christmas Actually, a show featuring the soundtrack of the movie Love, Actually with a bit of theatrics from the Little Red crew, led, as usual by Price, who is regarded by many as Queensland’s first lady of song.

Both those shows – one at La Boite, one at Brisbane Powerhouse – had soldout seasons, with audiences warming to the formula of popular songs reinterpre­ted by some of our most talented performers. And yes, there will be some dressing up a la Elton.

Tickets are selling like hot cakes for the new show in a new venue, the same venue where The Little

Red Company has its offices, the venue that launched

Price’s breakthrou­gh cabaret, Rumour Has It.

The difference with this new show – and something that will make some audience members unhappy – is that Price isn’t in it. I know, devastatin­g, right?

The thing is this time Price, who founded the company with Adam Brunes, is making her directoria­l debut with the group for this show.

“I’m very excited to be taking a backstage role,” Price says. “And let me assure you it hasn’t affected sales at all that I’m not in it. It’s our fastest-selling show ever. I’m trying not to take that personally.”

She’s happy to leave it to a talented line-up consisting of Andy Cook, Marcus Corowa, Luke Kennedy and Irena Lysiuk, with musos Mik Easterman, Michael Manikus and OJ Newcomb supplying the backing.

Manikus will be on keyboards because, well, it’s the music of a pianist and Cook may even tickle the ivories himself at some stage.

Cook, who is from Melbourne, says he’s thrilled to be in a show that is a tribute to one of his idols.

“I’m a huge fan,” he says, “I grew up influenced by his voice and his music and being a keyboard player myself I love to play his songs. But its not just his music, it’s him as a person. Growing up as a rather flamboyant child I really identified with him.”

Most people have some kind of personal memory linked to an Elton John song and for this show

The Little Red Company asked for anonymous stories about that. Candle in The Wind, Goodbye

Yellow Brick Road, I’m Still

Standing, Tiny Dancer, these songs all resonate. “A lot of the stories that have come in are quite universal,” Cook says. “And many have connection­s with a Candle in The Wind and the death of Princess Diana.”

Price says Your Song would be an uplifting celebratio­n of the wildly popular music people know, with unspoken stories they don’t.

And that will make us all ask ourselves what Elton John’s songs mean to us.

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