After stepping away from musical theatre stages for over 20 years, one of Australia’s leading men, and the original Raoul in the Australian premiere production of The Phantom of the Opera, Dale Burridge returns to the Chapel off Chapel stage, this December, with a funny, moving, heartfelt exploration of the highs and lows of a life spent on, and off, the stage.
This deeply personal and intimate piece covers wild adventures, bullying, sexuality, ageism, depression, backstage stories and, of course, Covid. Above all, it’s a tale of survival and an exploration of the many twists and turns of a life spent across many fields in showbiz. It’s a journey back to truth through the many crossroads of a life well-lived.
“We had so much fun putting this show together” said creator and star Dale Burridge. “I can’t believe some of situations I got myself into and now it’s all in the show for everyone to see! Now I get share my wild ride with audiences. It’s raw, real and very funny!”
Highlighting Dale Burridge’s powerhouse vocal talent, the show incorporates songs from many of the world’s best loved musicals: The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Oklahoma, Dr. Dolittle, Scrooge, Chess, The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, Man of La Mancha and more.
“Having known Dale for so long and been privy to so many of the ups and downs of his life and career, I was absolutely thrilled when he asked me to collaborate with him on this deeply personal, funny and revealing piece” said director and collaborator Martin Crewes.
“His bravery, honesty, generosity and wicked sense of humour have made the whole experience a complete joy. We really worked to ensure that from the first note, to the last, the audience is immersed in the often-hysterical highs and lows of a life spent in the theatre, complete with a soundtrack of many of the best loved favourites you’d expect, plus a few surprises.”
Director: Martin Crewes | Starring: Dale Burridge | Musical Director / Piano: Bev Kennedy | Double Bass: Mark Szeto | Co-writers: Dale Burridge, Martin Crewes
Dale Burridge: At the Crossroads
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Performance: 8 & 9 December 2022
For more information, visit: www.atthecrossroads.com.au for details.
Image: Dale Burridge (supplied)