May Session: Performer’s Choice

30 Sunday May 2021
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15-20

About this Session

Do you know what we love as much as themed months? Performer’s Choice. And it seems those wanting to perform do too. Each month we have more people wanting to perform than we have time for – what a great problem to have! So, we have decided to have one more round of Performer’s Choice before we get stuck into some themes.

These Sessions are a great opportunity to hear old favourites and discover new songs and shows.

Doors are open at 5:45pm. Food and beverages are available from the bar.

Tickets to be in the audience go on sale on Saturday 22 May. Unfortunately, you are unable to book a whole table – however the Broadway Sessions team will be allocating seats so you can sit with your family and friends. Tickets bought under the same name will automatically be seated together. If you have any other seating requests, please email them to [email protected] by 5pm on Wednesday 26 May. We may not be able to accommodate any requests after this time.

Tickets to watch the live stream from home can also be purchased from the tickets page.

Session Setlist

Act 1
What More Do I Need? (Saturday Night) – David Gauci
Bad Idea (Waitress) – Callum Worthington, Nikki Long
Burn (Hamilton: An American Musical) – Wynona Oyevaar
Song of the King (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) – Zachary Baseby
Somewhere (West Side Story) – Jay Mancuso
I’m Sorry (Laura, Laura) (High Fidelity) – Blake Ascione
Heaven Can Wait (Bat Out of Hell: The Musical) – Anthony Vawser
Still Hurting (The Last Five Years) – Hayley Binnekamp
Talk To The Animals (Doctor Dolittle) – Brenton Edgecombe
The Life I Never Led (Sister Act) – Chloe Seabrook
Sincerely, Me (Dear Evan Hansen) – Jethro Pidd, Omkar Nagesh
Act 2
What Do I Need With Love? (Thoroughly Modern Millie) – Lindsay Prodea
The Wizard and I (Wicked) – Amber Fibrosi
Disneyland (Smile) – Simone Brock
The Great Comet of 1812 (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812) – BJ Peake
Lost In The Waves (Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond) – Max Ziliotto
It’s Quiet Uptown (Hamilton: An American Musical) – Anjali Habel-Orrell
Enlightenment (Starry) – Zara Blight
Quiet (Jonathan Reid Gealt) – Maya Miller
Feed Me (Git It) (Little Shop of Horrors) – Ellis Dolan, Lindsay Prodea
Beautiful (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)* – Jemma McCulloch
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Host

Lindsay Prodea

Lindsay has performed over the past decade in both musical theatre and cabaret, having enjoyed success in various genres: classical roles such as John Brooke in Little Women (The Musical) (Therry Dramatic Society 2013) and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Northern Light Theatre Company 2012); to contemporary roles such as Abraham in the Adelaide premiere of Altar Boyz (Davine Interventionz 2013), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (The Musical) (Davine Interventionz 2014), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hills Musical Company 2013), Kyle the UPS Delivery guy in Legally Blonde (HMC 2014) and most recently Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (Therry 2015). Lindsay has also appeared in countless other shows, favourites including Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy for You & Les Misérables. Most recently he premiered in Adelaide the role of Fabrizio for Davine Interventionz's 2016 Adelaide Fringe Show, The Light In The Piazza.

Aside from musical theatre, Lindsay has a keen passion for cabaret, having written, co-produced and performed at numerous cabaret events over the years. Stepping out side his usual genre, Lindsay played the role of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (old sport), produced by Independent Theatre.

Session Performers

Amber Fibrosi

Amber Fibrosi is an Adelaide performer and musician who performs regularly in gigs. Over the years she has been involved in several performances, most recently performing as a pianist and back-up vocalist for Jennifer Trijo’s Adelaide Fringe Festival Cabaret show Someday. Amber has performed as a soloist for Trevor Jones Piano Bar in the Cabaret Festival. Amber also played Radio Voice, a Greasette and understudied Sandy in AYT's production of Grease. She played the role of ‘Wendy’ in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s Fringe show of Peter Pan , along with being a soloist in another fringe show Musical Moments. Amber has also been a featured ‘Defying Gravity’ soloist in the Catholic Schools Music Festival in 2019 and since graduating from school has been gaining further experience in the music industry. She enjoys writing her own music as an outlet of self expression. Amber is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre at Adelaide University.

Anjali Habel-Orrell (she/her)

Anjali is a performing arts teacher and mother who loves to sing. She has performed on stage in musicals, The Voice, and recorded for various productions. Anjali was the first in Adelaide to sing with Idina Menzel and although she forgot her own name, she didn’t forget the lyrics! Anjali used to sing at Cabaret Live, and this is her third time singing at Broadway Sessions.

Anjali is working on her stage fright (hopefully you'd never know), but every time seems to be more nerve wracking than the last. First there was no audience and she had to emote to a green light, last time there was an audience but she needed lyrics cheat sheets. This time there are a few special people in the audience.

Anthony Vawser

There would be few things in life that mean more to Anthony than music (except for his amazing family). Whether listening or participating, dancing or reflecting, building up or winding down, on piano at a party or on stage in a show, music is one of his greatest passions, right up there with the wonderful world of cinema.

In his working life, Anthony is an adjudicator for Debating SA, and part of the staff at Second Chances Furniture Warehouse on Richmond Road.

His on-stage musical experience has included Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, Company, If/Then, and Summer of '69 - plus the recent/upcoming Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

BJ Peake

As a child, you could always find BJ screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into BJ's love for singing and dancing.

In BJ's short musical career he has performed in Jekyll and Hyde, in which he portrayed several important characters including "Angry Man 1", "Rich Man" and "Scared Man #2", and Anything Goes where he was Reverand Henry T Dobson. In 2019 BJ got his first leading role in Once Upon a Mattress where he was Prince Dauntless the Drab.

BJ is currently at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music completing a Bachelors of Music Education and Pedagogy.

Blake Ascione

Blake has been performing in the South Australian musical theatre scene since his debut in Therry society's production of Big Fish in 2016. Since then he has worked with HMC on the two productions and three State Opera of South Australia and Elder Conservatorium collaborations being Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale and Dido and Aeneas. In 2020 Blake took part in Shane Warne the Musical, presented by Segue Productions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Recently Blake performed as Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf in Into the Woods.

Blake has just completed his debut cabaret season in the 2021 Adelaide Fringe Festival with great success.

Brenton Edgecombe

Brenton Edgecombe has been a professional entertainer since 1997, working in theatres, clubs, function venues and onboard cruise ships as one half of a unique music and comedy double-act called String Fever. String Fever is the winner of five Australian entertainment industry MO Awards, including Variety Entertainers of the Year.

Brenton also pretends to be Elton John in a tribute show called Elton by Brenton and records string lines for various projects in his home studio. Before embarking on the path of entertainment Brenton played violin with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and many other groups in Adelaide and Sydney.

Career highlights include performing onboard the historic QEII, shaking hands with Ita Buttrose and appearing as an earnest coffee drinker on Neighbours. Brenton also wrote and appeared in the original comedy-cabaret DON'T SHOOT! I'm a Vegan (Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020) which was four-star rated by the Advertiser and five-star rated by several lesser known (but more discerning) publications.

Callum Worthington (He/Him)

Callum is a performer born and raised in Sydney. In 2019, Callum studied a Diploma of Musical Theatre at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). While studying in Adelaide Callum has performed in the choir for Chess: The Musical (StoreyBoard Entertainment, dir. Tyran Parke) and as Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown: The Musical (ECMT, dir. George Torbay). Other ECMT projects include In Pieces (ECMT, dir. George Torbay), Prison Blues (ECMT, dir. George Torbay) and Songs for a New World (ECMT, dir. Mitre Khammash).

Chloe Seabrook

Chloe is 15 year old singer songwriter from the Barossa with a love for performing arts and musicals. She has performed in over 15 musicals at various theatre companies across Adelaide and studies at The Studio & Star Factory.

Her most recent and memorable shows include Les Misérables (Fantine), 13 The Musical (Cassie), Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl) with AYT; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious) and The Sound of Music (Liesl von Trapp) with NOW Productions; and The Little Mermaid (Sebastian) with Parks Theatre.

David Gauci

I have two arms and feet. But my feet are not at the end of my arms. That would just be plain silly. I like to sing, especially in other people's showers. But not while showering - that would just be weird. I have been singing since before fire, but not long after the wheel. I trained under a number of singing teachers but as a result of claustrophobia I found it better to stand next them instead. As a child I would spontaneously sing in class, as an accountant I would spontaneously sing in the office. I was soon sent back to class. I love chocolate.

Ellis Dolan (he/him)

Ellis Dolan toured with the company of School of Rock as an Understudy for Dewey Finn and as a Swing – travelling all over Australia, China, and New Zealand.

He spent 2017 studying Musical Theatre at NIDA; appearing in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Chimerica as part of the NIDA Ensemble.

He has appeared in several productions around Adelaide, including Evita (The Met) in which he portrayed Che; The Producers (HMC) as the Stormtrooper; Oliver! (Shane Davidson Presents) as Bill Sykes; as well as ensemble roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (HMC) and Jesus Christ Superstar (G&S Society). Off-stage, he acted as Assistant Director for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Smokey Joe's Cafe (HMC).

He also toured across Australia, portraying the role of Peter Dutton, as part of Abbott: The Musical (George Glass Productions), performing as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as a sell-out run in the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Outside of performing, Ellis is a writer – having completed his Honours in Creative Arts: Creative Writing at Flinders University. He’s currently struggling through the third draft of a novel and is constantly side-tracked by wanting to write reviews and film analysis; because of this, nothing seems to get done, but he has a lot of fun doing it.

He made his directorial debut with Edges as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival and loved every second of working with such fine people.

Hayley Binnekamp

Hayley has lived overseas for most of her life and returned back to Australia when she was 15. Whilst overseas she studied voice and piano at an international music academy. Aside from performance in countless musicals, the highlights of her musical career so far has been supporting Hugh Jackman in his recent roadshow in Australia and travelling around the Middle East and Asia as part of an international choir.

Jay Mancuso

Jay has been performing since childhood, on stage in musical theatre and as a solo artist. He has been in Grease, played the lead in Marie Clark’s The Music Man, the club owner’ in The Met's production of Miss Saigon, and most recently performed with the Met's Legally Blonde as Professor Callahan. Jay released is debut album in 2017 titled Great Expectations.

Jemma McCulloch

Jemma is originally from the UK where she trained professionally in Musical Theatre at The Brit School, The Betty Wivell Academy and Bird College in London. Jemma has Advanced Diploma’s in both Musical Theatre and Music and was also selected by the BBC (in London) for a young performer's bursary for outstanding achievement in Musical Theatre whilst she was studying. Jemma has been fortunate enough to have performed in various Musical Theatre concerts and workshops in London’s West End and even one in Broadway!

Jemma is relatively new to Adelaide - only having moved here last year. She has just finished playing the role of Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with Davine Productions for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020. This was the best experience she has ever had on stage - she loved every minute of it!! Jemma also performed in Kinky Boots with The G&S Society in which she played the role of Lauren. Jemma’s other roles in Theatre have included Ellen in Miss Saigon (The Met), Charity in Sweet Charity, Nancy in Oliver!, Mary in Mary Poppins and Ariel in Footloose.

Jethro Pidd

Jethro has been in and around theatre for over 25 years. He is a passionate High School Drama teacher and training to become a certified Fight Director. Recently, he has choreographed the fights in Therry's Of Mice and Men and also Independent Theatre's Macbeth.

Max Ziliotto

Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.

Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.

Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!

Maya Miller

Maya’s love of musical theatre began at an early age, with her journey in performance beginning with Pelican Productions. Since then, Maya’s theatre credits include The Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016) and Les Misérables (2017), Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions’ Godspell (2018) as the ‘By My Side’ soloist, Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s Anything Goes (2019) as Hope Harcourt, Segue Productions’ Heathers (2019) as Heather McNamara, and most recently Davine Productions' Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Cynthia Weil (2020). Maya is a primary school Dance/Drama teacher, and she finds so much joy in being able to share her love of musical theatre with her students.

Nikki Long

Nikki is an Adelaide raised performer. She is currently in her 3rd year of the Bachelor of Music Theatre at The Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University. Before ECMT she completed her Certificate IV in Dance at Australian Company of Performing Arts. In 2019 she played Heather Chandler in Segue Productions Heathers. In 2021 she made her Adelaide Fringe Festival debut in Friendly Feminism for The Mild Mannered and was also part of the choir in Chess: The Musical (dir. Tyran Parke). Nikki appeared in the second year production of Urinetown (dir. George Torbay) as Mrs Millennium. She was also the Josephine “Old Ma” Strong and Soupy Sue cover, and performed as Josephine “Old Ma” Strong for two performances. While at ECMT she performed in the third year production of In Pieces (dir. George Torbay).

Omkar Nagesh

Omkar Nagesh has always been passionate about singing and performing on stage. He has enjoyed working with various amateur theatre companies in Adelaide over the past 10 years. Omkar is performing as Barry in the upcoming production of High Fidelity with The Hills Musical Company in opening in November. Omkar was nominated for Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards for Best Male Performance in both his performances as The Engineer in Miss Saigon (The Met 2019, MCMT 2011). Other favourite roles include Leo Bloom in The Producers (HMC 2015), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (Northern Light 2011), Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (AUFC 2011), Historian/Prince Herbert/Minstrel/et al. in Spamalot (Northern Light 2010), Growltiger in Cats (The Met 2009), and Jake in the South Australian Premiere of Sideshow (HMC 2018).

Simone Brock

Music has always been a large part of Simone Brock's life, singing from an early age and learning piano from the age of six, which she now teaches. Simone was a part of the Special Interest Music Program at Brighton Secondary School, where she had the experience of singing at Generations in Jazz with the school’s Concert Choir, and also had the wonderful opportunity to perform a duet with Kate Ceberano in year twelve. Simone is also involved with the Flinders University Performing Arts Society and the Flinders Acapella group. Simone has just completed her Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree at Flinders University.

Wynona Oyevaar

Wynona is an aspiring actress and performer. Her love for the stage began when she started performing in an alternative Morris dancing troupe at age 14. Her fondness for the spotlight only grew as she took high school dance classes and won best performance at Supanova Adelaide's Cosplay Competition. This cemented Wynona's aspirations for a career in the performing arts. She also realises that in order to more easily facilitate this dream, attending TAFE would definitely be beneficial. Wynona's other artistic endeavours include painting, singing, dancing, writing and miniature sculptures. Her biggest inspirations as a performer would be Siouxsie Sioux, Mae West and of course, Winona Ryder.

Zachary Baseby (he/him)

Zachary Baseby is 22 years old and he has been performing in every theatre based for most of his life, starting from his first performance in 2008 as Humpty Dumpty in Surprising Old King Cole (Stars on Stage). From there on, he has trained with various acting schools such as Actors Ink., Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions and Heesom Casting before performing in his first musical theatre show in 2017 with The Parks Youth Theatre as an ensemble member in Grease.

Some of Zachary’s theatre highlights over the past few years have been: The Grinch in Seussical (NLTC, 2018), The Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland (The Parks Youth Theatre, 2019), Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (NOW Productions, 2020), Horton the Elephant in Seussical JR (Shane Davidson Presents, 2020), Rooster in Annie (NOW Productions, 2021), Javert in Les Misérables (NOW Productions, 2021), The Baker in Into the Woods JR (Shane Davidson Presents, 2021) and most recently, Roger in Grease (NOW Productions, 2022) and The Wolf in Into the Woods (Adelaide Youth Theatre, 2022).

Other than theatre, Zachary has also appeared in two short films to date created by students of Flinders University: Plastic Aeroplane (2018) and Rock, Paper, Scissors (2019). He has also appeared in two full length film projects with NOW Productions as the role of Bobby Packer in TEN FOUR, Agent Percash: REWIND and he will appear as a new character in the most recent adaptation: RED DAWN.

If you're looking to see Zachary onstage in the closer future, he recently landed the role as Papa Ogre and the Big Bad Wolf in Balaklava Community Arts' Shrek The Musical in August plus he will be playing everybody's favourite sad old donkey Eeyore in Shane Davidson Presents' Winnie the Pooh a couple weeks later.

Zara Blight

Zara was thrilled to make her professional stage debut at the age of seven originating the role of Little Greta in Girl Asleep for Windmill Theatre at the 2014 Adelaide Festival. She has appeared in lead roles in many local theatre productions, most recently as Mrs Bucket in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory with Adelaide Youth Theatre and Rachel in One Man, Two Guvnors for Princes Players. Zara can be seen in the music video for Stronger by German DJ and producer, Claptone as well as Scars To Your Beautiful x This Girl is on Fire with girl group, Glo. Zara is a proud member and soloist in her award winning senior school jazz choir, Enchante and plays violin in the senior string orchestra as well as piano.

Session Band

Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)

Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.

He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.

Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).

Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.

Louis Cann (Bass)

Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)

Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.

Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.

Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!