A MUSICAL ROMP THROUGH THE LIFE OF EX-PREMIER JOH BJELKE-PETERSEN
At the time it was no laughing matter, but the bizarre events of the 1980s in Queensland under Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen were the perfect fodder for a new musical comedy.
Award-winning playwright Stephen Carleton and off-Broadway composer Paul Hodge had taken inspiration from one of the best-known and most controversial political figures of 20th century Australia to create an uproariously brilliant satire – ‘don’t you worry about that!’
An all-star cast featuring Colin Lane (Lano and Woodley) performed this musical romp, taking audiences through the life of a notorious Queensland icon who set state politics alight. Audiences sang along to original tunes such as “Pumpkin Scone Diplomacy” and “Joh for PM” in this razor-sharp musical parody of Queensland’s past, with an eye to its political future.
Starring: Colin Lane, Barb Lowing, Chloe Dallimore, Kurt Phelan, Stephen Hirst and Simon Burvill-Holmes
Director: Kris Stewart
Playwright: Stephen Carleton
Music & Lyrics: Paul Hodge
Director: Kris Stewart
Designer: Anthony Spineze
Musical Director: James Dobinson
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright
AV Design: Craig Wilkinson
Choreographer: Dan Venz
Musical Supervisor: Dom Woodhead
Production Manager/Stage: Sophie McKeown
Broadway with Boublil
Alain Boublil is the Academy Award-nominated, Tony Award-winning writer of the international blockbuster musicals Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Brisbane writer-composer Paul Hodge received a Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship to undertake a mentorship with Alain in New York during the current Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.
Paul wrote the Off-Broadway musical Clinton The Musical, which received a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and his new musical JOH for PM is premiering at the Queensland Music Festival.
In this event, Paul discussed the process for writing musicals, insights from Alain, and the behind the scenes work to bring Miss Saigon back to Broadway. With performances of songs from Miss Saigon and other favourites also featured by the Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre students.
Paul Hodge was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund.
PAUL HODGE Biography
Paul Hodge is a writer-composer from Brisbane. His recent work, CLINTON THE MUSICAL, was performed Off-Broadway, in London and Edinburgh and had its Australian Premiere in 2016 at Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia. CLINTON received a New York Times Critics’ Pick, nominations for Best New Musical from the Off-Broadway Alliance and Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won Best New Off-Broadway Cast Album in the Broadway World Awards.
Paul received the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship, The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Award and Arts Queensland Individuals Grant to complete a mentorship with Alain Boublil, writer of LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON.
Paul’s new musical, JOH FOR P.M., written with award-winning playwright Stephen Carleton, will be premiering at the Queensland Music Festival 2017 at the Brisbane Powerhouse in a co-production with JUTE Theatre Company.
Joh for PM was presented by Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council, JUTE Theatre Company and Brisbane Powerhouse.
Joh for PM was originally commissioned in partnership with Playlab. This project had been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.