Calling all Broadway Sessions Fans!
Here at Broadway Sessions headquarters we’ve been keeping pretty quite on our plans for the next few months. We thought it was high time we shared it all with you. So sit back, grab your favourite drink and read on…
We had a lot of fun with our first two themes – Gender Swap and It Takes Two (or more) – but we do recognise that some performers have songs they are dying to sing that didn’t fit either theme. So, in December we have decided to keep it free choice. That’s right – you can choose ANYTHING from the music theatre catalogue. But there’s a small twist…
We don’t know about you, but for us the weeks leading up to Christmas are pretty full on and busy (busy) busy! Work Christmas parties, drinks for this, drinks for that, family catch-ups, last minute Christmas shopping, final auditions for performing arts schools, Carols by Candlelight and so on… And of course then there’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day get-togethers, Boxing Day parties, plus lots of racing from one place to the next. So, we thought by the time Broadway Sessions arrives it’s time to stop, take a break from the busy-ness of the season, and sit down, relax with Broadway Sessions: piano style!
No drum grooves, no funky bass riffs, just you, the piano, and the lyrics of your favourite Broadway songs. Be creative (but mindful) in your song choices. You can choose a song where the lyrics really speak to you, or that will make the audience laugh. Maybe there’s a song that’s accompanied by a band or orchestra that you think would work well with the simplicity of just a piano. Or, there may be a song that you’ve heard which is recorded with just a piano and you would like to sing that. What ever you choose, it’s sure to be an interesting night!
January sees our next theme night. In the lead up to Valentines Day we thought it was a fitting time to explore love songs in theatre – songs of romantic love, one-night-stand love, unrequited love, lost love, stalker love – you get the idea! Here’s your opportunity to share your favourite theatre love song, maybe to the one you love? The Broadway Sessions band will be back and there may be a special performance (or 3)!
February in Adelaide means Festival time and we just had to join in the fun. Since we couldn’t possibly fit everything into one night we have added an extra Session. That’s right. TWO BROADWAY SESSIONS. It’s Christmas all over again!
Join us firstly on the 14th of February as we revisit some of our favourite performances and performers since we launched six months ago.
Then on the 28th we have our very first sing-a-long, Broadway style, where the audience can really join in the fun. There are many things planned already for this night and we don’t want to say too much, too soon, but you can expect a wide range of songs from Rogers and Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Jonathan Larsen and Stephen Sondheim!
Both sessions will include the opportunity for you to register to perform on-stage. Please note that due to all tickets being sold via Adelaide Fringe and FringeTIX there is a slight price increase for these two sessions.
And that brings us to:
There are composers and lyricists out there who have an impressive resume of shows they’ve written; although some shows they’ve written are better known than others. This month we will be exploring the music of one very well known writer, and definitely one of our favourites. Shows include Children of Eden, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pippin and Wicked. Yes, that’s right, this month we are celebrating the music of Stephen Schwartz. Join us for “May The Schwartz Be With You” where you will hear/perform songs you know like the back of your hand, and others you may not have realised he wrote.
We have an exciting four months ahead and we’d love you to get involved! If you’re interested, start picking your performances pieces and get ready to register as soon they open.
Not a fan of being the centre of attention? That’s no problem – grab a ticket, a glass of your favourite beverage, and come along to enjoy a great night of live entertainment.
Stay tuned for further updates, and we hope to see you there at one of our Broadway Sessions!