The Legend of the Wild One
5th - 7th May 2011
Johnny O’Keefe wants to conquer the world. He never actually does, but that’s beside the point.
His career gives him spectacular highs and tragic lows. He battles drugs, alcohol, mental illness and a shocking car accident. But he never gives up the fight. The fight Johnny embarks on in the mid-fifties didn’t have its payoff until after his career had long since burnt out. Johnny fought to establish Australian musical performers as forces in world music. In his footsteps came The Bee Gees, INXS, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Allen, AC/DC, The Little River Band and Kylie Minogue.
Johnny’s rise, fall and rise again is a great Aussie musical epic. This musical charts the beginning of teenage culture in Australia. It charts the beginning of Australian rock. It tells the story of a young man setting out on the journey of his life with dynamism, verve and ambition.
Johnny O'Keefe - Jonathon Acosta
Marianne O'Keefe - Grace Lizzio
Thelma O'Keefe - Kat Feil
Ray O'Keefe - John Edge
Maureen O'Keefe - Fiona Murphy
Pee Wee Wilson - Ray Pittman
Lee Gordon - Chris Scarpellino
Col Joye - Christopher Booth
Holdenettes - Rachael Thompson, Renee Bechara, Jodie Blewitt
Ensemble - Cameron Lewis, James Russel, Sean Marden, John Braams, Chrissy Gardiner, Madellen Carlino, Belinda Jonson, Mary Armer, Renee Watego, Griffen Edge
Dance Ensemble - Melissa-Lee O'Brien, Elizabeth Testa, Emma Saunders, Kiah Richardson, Ashleigh Melvold, Tracey Wright, Ashley Anderson, Alana Passaris, Courtney Tucker, Shelley Partridge
Director - Chris Scarpellino
Musical Director - Andy Peterson
Choreographer - Chris Nhobbs