Musical Stars Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox Perform Legendary Costello and Bacharach Album 'Painted From Memory'

Musical Stars Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox Perform Legendary Costello and Bacharach Album 'Painted From Memory'

In the late 1990's, music legends Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello united to create the timeless album Painted From Memory. Such was the significance of these legendary artists collaborating that a documentary (Because it's a Lonely World) was made to commemorate the occasion.

Described by Rolling Stone Magazine as having 'exquisite orchestrations and subtle wordplay,' the music from this stunning collaboration has never been staged in Australia ... until now.

For one night only, star performers Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox will showcase an assortment of songs by the famous duo, accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra and special guests to exquisitely showcase every nuance of the celebrated album.

In recent years Fox and Falzon have featured in some of the most successful international musicals. Michael was hand-picked by Queen's very own Brian May for We Will Rock You, staged in some of the UK's largest arenas and has subsequently starred in the award-winning Rock of Ages, The War of the Worlds and has fronted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

'After first hearing 'God Give Me Strength' my appreciation of Bacharach and Costello grew enormously. On discovering their collaborative album, I was moved by the arrangements - the honesty in each song compelled me to help bring it to the stage. The City Recital Hall is an obvious venue to showcase these artists' work and to share this experience with nine multi- instrumentalists and Bobby Fox, a truly exceptional talent, is very exciting.' Michael Falzon

Bobby Fox, who recently recorded You're the Boss with model Miranda Kerr, was personally selected by Frankie Valli to play the lead role in Jersey Boys - performing the role an incredible 850 times - and has also starred in Mamma Mia!, Riverdance and a variety of hit television shows.

Bobby said: 'I'm so excited to be performing this beautiful album with Michael. There is something so iconic about a Bacharach song. His melodic journeys tell the story just as much as his powerful lyrics. Add in the musical brilliance of Elvis Costello and it's rich with heartbreak, hope and beauty. Michael has one of the finest voices this country has to offer and I'm so ex- cited to share the stage with him.'

Michael Falzon has performed his way around the world through stage, cabaret, film and television.

His breakthrough role came in 2003 when he was cast by Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor to star in We Will Rock You, enjoying unanimous critical acclaim. Michael then appeared in the penultimate season of Blue Heelers before taking to the stage in The Wharf Revue for Sydney Theatre Company.

He recorded his first album, the self-titled EP, released during the Australia and New Zealand arena tour of The War of the Worlds. Michael was soon after cast in Hedwig and the Angry Inch before be- ing invited to the UK to once again star in We Will Rock You, breaking box office records in their largest venues.

Michael returned to Australia to play the role of Stacee Jaxx in the award-winning Rock of Ages. In 2012 he starred in Ordinary Days, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Chess for Production Company and has fronted both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Hailing from Ireland, Bobby Fox is a four-time World Irish Dance Champion and has toured with Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground and To Dance on the Moon.

Upon moving to Australia Bobby began his musical theatre career with feature roles in Mamma Mia, Leader of the Pack, Dusty - The Original Pop Diva, Spamalot, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankies.

Bobby was then hand-picked by the man himself to play the role of Frankie Valli in the smash-hit musical Jersey Boys, playing to critical acclaim and sold-out seasons in Melbourne and Sydney and performing the role an incredible 850 times.

Bobby's acting credits include guest roles in House Husbands, Tricky Business, Mr & Mrs Murder and the feature film The Cup. He recently played the lead tap brother, Spring in the 21st anniversary season of Hot Shoe Shuffle. Bobby has just released his album entitled The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Warner Music, featuring a duet with Miranda Kerr.

PAINTED FROM MEMORY: The Music of Bacharach and Costello Starring Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox

Wednesday 24 September 2014, 7.30pm - City Recital Hall Angel Place
Tickets: Adult $79. Members $60. Concessions available (additional fees may apply).

Bookings: 02 8256 2222, cityrecitalhall.com

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