Theatre writer, composer and actor Phil Scott, alongside singer and actor Blake Bowden, will premiere their cabaret show MARIO at Adelaide Cabaret Festival this weekend. The festival, hosted by Kate Ceberano in her final year as Artistic Director, will offer an amazing line up of over 470 artists, over 170 performances, across 16 days and nights.
MARIO was conceived by Blake Bowden and Phil Scott, written by Phil Scott and directed by Chris Parker. It tells the tale of the mysterious downfall of the once charming golden-boy of 1950’s Hollywood Mario Lanza, who went from having his records topping the charts to washed up and dead in the space of 10 years. Blake takes the lead as stormy Lanza, while Phil fills in all the gaps, playing various characters in the singer’s life.
MARIO will premiere at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on Saturday 14 June at 6:30pm, and run two more performances on Sunday 15 June. Purchase tickets here. One-Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co. will also present the show from 9-12 July in Sydney.
Phil Scott has been performing solo cabaret at the piano for over 30 years and has appeared in all major Australian cities including several previous visits to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Phil’s writing credits include the annual political satire The Wharf Revue for the Sydney Theatre Company, Newley Discovered, Pop Princess, Fat Swan, Little Orphan Trashley and Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. He has written and performed for several television series including The Gillies Report, Three Men and a Baby Grand, and Good News Week, as well as having four novels published in Australia and the US. As a composer, Phil has written film scores and musicals including Safety in Numbers (Q & Ensemble Theatres) and The Republic of Myopia (Sydney Theatre Company). As an actor he has appeared in the films A Few Best Men, Fat Pizza and Houses vs Authority.
The winner of the 2011 ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award, most recently Blake Bowden has been playing Lt. Cable in Opera Australia’s South Pacific which played at the Sydney Opera House before touring nationally. Blake’s other credits include lead roles in Gertrude Opera’s 2013 production of Massenet’s Cinderella, Eamon Flack’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Really Useful Group’s international tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow and The Ambassador Group’s West Side Story. Blake has appeared numerous times as a soloist in Stuart Maunder’s tribute concerts to Richard Rodgers, The Sound of Rodgers. Other music theatre credits include: original cast member of Dirty Dancing Australian and New Zealand tours for Jacobsen Entertainment, The Boy From Oz Arena Tour with Hugh Jackman for Ben Gannon/Robert Fox and the TML production of Jekyll and Hyde.