Director of The Boy From Oz Karen Crone (far right) makes sure Peter Allen, played by Grant Pegg, keeps his feet off the Steinway, while Liza Minnelli, played by Elle-Lace Ambrose, looks on.
Director of The Boy From Oz Karen Crone (far right) makes sure Peter Allen, played by Grant Pegg, keeps his feet off the Steinway, while Liza Minnelli, played by Elle-Lace Ambrose, looks on.

No piano dancing this time

THERE has been much hype about the upcoming musical The Boy From Oz, but if the Pilbeam Theatre’s Steinway grand piano could talk it could tell you a story or two about the real Boy From Oz, Peter Allen.

The piano – and Mr Allen – were at the centre of a furore when Peter Allen performed at the Pilbeam Theatre in 1980.

The theatre was just over a year old in October 1980 when Allen performed his show Peter Allen In Concert.

Known for his flamboyant, high energy performances, Allen got up and danced on the piano.

Unfortunately, that damaged the special surface of the piano. News reports of the time said the Rockhampton City Council convened a meeting to discuss the situation, with $1000 withheld from the tickets sales to cover the cost of repair.

With the Rockhampton Venues and Events production of The Boy From Oz not far from opening night, Director Karen Crone wanted to assure ratepayers there wouldn’t be a repeat of the scandal.

“It is fantastic to have such a piece of history in the theatre, especially one associated with the musical I am directing,” Karen said.

“While there will be plenty of glitz, glamour and some fabulous production numbers, I can assure residents that there will be no dancing on the Steinway this time.”

The Boy From Oz features more than a dozen Peter Allen hits like Tenterfield Saddler and I Go to Rio.

Right note

The Boy from Oz will be performed at the Pilbeam Theatre from 25 March to 2 April;

Tickets, $45 for adults with concessions available, are on sale now from the Pilbeam Theatre Box Office, Dial’n’Charge 4927 4111, or www.pillbeamtheatre.com.au

The Boy From Oz is a Rockhampton Regional Council production



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