By Melvyn Morrow
Starring Andrew O’Keefe and Glenn Amer
Jump aboard the HMS Riverside for this exuberant concert jam-packed with Gilbert & Sullivan’s devilish patter songs, jolly duets, one mega-finale and all the romance and mayhem of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Gondoliers and eight other glorious operettas.
Starring Andrew O’Keefe (The Chase, Weekend Sunrise), the Pirate King of Gilbert & Sullivan, and Glenn Amer, the very model of a modern singing pianist, this feast of fun and much loved melodies is sure to have you tapping your toes and singing along!
GIFT IDEA – Give your Mum and Grandma an early Mother’s Day treat with tickets to this rollicking and witty show!
Dates & Times:
Sunday 7 May 3pm – SOLD OUT
Andrew is the long-time co-host of Australia’s highest-rating weekend breakfast show, Weekend Sunrise, as well as the hugely popular host of the iconic game-show Deal or No Deal and now its successor, The Chase. Andrew’s television career started in 2003 as a character actor and writer for the ARIA-nominated sketch comedy series, Big Bite. Since then, in addition to Weekend Sunrise and eleven seasons of Deal, he has hosted two seasons of The Rich List and the made-for-HD impro chat show, This Is Your Laugh. He has also co-hosted the historic tri-network tsunami appeal Reach out to Asia and the Logie Awards. Andrew trained as a classical singer and attained an A.Mus. A (Singing). His musical theatre debut was in the role of Herod in The Really Useful Group’s 2013 sell-out national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar in which he performed alongside Tim Minchin, Mel B and John Stevens. Since then, he has appeared as the Pirate King in The Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s 2015 Queensland Theatre production of The Pirates of Penzance, and in the Popinjay Productions cabaret of Flanders & Swann, Glorious Mud!. Andrew also has extensive experience in improvised comedy and was a member of the Australian team that won the World Imrov Championships at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2001. Andrew originally trained as a lawyer, following in the footsteps of his father, the esteemed former Supreme Court judge, Barry O’Keefe. Andrew worked for five years in intellectual property litigation with Allens Arthur Robinson. He is also lead Ambassador and past-Chairman of the White Ribbon Campaign (to end violence against women) and was a member of the expert Committee which drafted Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.
A unique entertainer, Glenn Amer is the only artist in the history of recordings to have made acoustically recorded Cylinders, Pianola Rolls and Compact Discs. Glenn was the youngest pianist to ever record pianola rolls – his first recordings were made for the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company when he was 17. Glenn has been working with singers since his first concert at the age of eleven. He cannot remember how many singers he has played for, but for many years was the exclusive accompanist to Rita Hunter and Horst Hoffmann. He also regularly appears with David Hobson and Yvonne Kenny, to name but a few. He is equally at home in the popular/jazz world, having appeared with many artists such as Su Cruickshank and Ian Cooper. In addition to his work with various opera companies as a pianist and conductor (Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and Pacific Opera in particular) and The Seven Sopranos, these days Glenn is also found touring the world presenting his one-man show (he is a singer too, and has been described as having ‘the fingers of Liberace and the voice of Mario Lanza’)! He has featured on TV shows all over the world, with broadcasts in Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand being amongst his favourites, in addition to his regular broadcasts in Australia. He is a passionate collector of historic 78s and has approximately 25,000 of them. Videos, recordings and photographs from Glenn’s travels around the world can be seen on his website glennamer.com
Melvyn Morrow’s first scripts were in the record-breaking TV comedy hit, The Mavis Bramston Show. Melvyn’s musicals (book & lyrics) include: Morality! (Edinburgh Festival, London Fringe, off-off-Broadway and Sydney; Postcards From Provence), Vroom Vroom, Mad Louisa Lawson, Offenbach In The Underworld and When It Happens and seven Christmas at The Opera House pantomimes including the nationally popular Santa Meets The Bushrangers. Melvyn’s TV credits include Star Search and many ABC/Opera Australia simulcasts including the Tribute to Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge. His musical A Song To Sing, O, the story of Gilbert and Sullivan and George Grossmith, was produced by Dame Bridget D’Oyly Carte at London’s Savoy Theatre and directed by the author. Over the years, Melvyn has updated book and lyrics for Opera Australia’s The Gondoliers (four productions) and The Mikado, and for Simon Gallaher’s Gilbert and Sullivan trilogy, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore. With David Mitchell, Melvyn wrote the musicals Peter Dawson – Off The Record and Here Comes Showtime and the lyrics for the song Lest I Forget (Rebel the movie starring Matt Dillon) Melvyn plays include Beating A Retreat, A Touch Of Paradise and Vice. His latest play, Acts of Faith, opens at the King St Theatre Newtown in July He devised and directed the cabarets Broadway Bard, Tae Kwon Shakespeare, Mozart and ME and Shakespearean Idol which won the 2006 Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Music Theatre. In 1996, Melvyn was nominated for a Mo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Musical Theatre. He is the co-writer of the national hits, SHOUT! and Dusty – The Original Pop Diva.