Real life and stage life come together in a new show by Amanda Harrison.
Musical theatre star Amanda Harrison has nowhere to hide in her new show, baring all in a semi-autobiographical tale that captures her hectic life as a mum of two and an internationally recognised performer.
The show, entitled Amanda Harrison: Up Close and Reasonably Personal, includes personal antidotes from the mother of sevenyear- old Grace and three-year-old Max on balancing the glamour of stage life with the realities of day-to-day domesticity. After playing the original Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked, winning a Helpmann Award for her role in We Will Rock You and performing in everything from An Officer and a Gentleman to Sunset Boulevard, Harrison is now ready to share her tale with fans.
“I thought audiences would appreciate a look into the behind-the-scenes of big musicals,” she says.“There are days when the glamour of performing is definitely undercut by the reality of changing nappies, making dinner and remembering children’s birthday party favours.My husband also works in the industry in a production role so we are forever travelling and moving house and it can be exhausting.This is a very different role for me as I don’t have a character to hide behind, it’s me out there on stage and that can be every daunting.”
For the shows musical numbers Harrison has hand-picked some of her favourite tunes to perform, ensuring her audience is treated to an eclectic mix of classic rock, pop and jazz. “There’s a real mixture in there, I sing everything from Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead from The Wizard of Oz to Bette Midler’s The Rose,” she says. “I don’t want to give anything away but there is also a surprise in there for the Wicked fans.”
Amanda Harrison: Up Close and Reasonably Personal will play at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday 17 January.