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The cast of a a new musical about Tim Freedman and THE WHITLAMS
The cast of a a new musical featuring the songs of Tim Freedman and THE WHITLAMS

Everyone who adores the music of Tim Freedman and The Whitlams, should see this new musical with a strong autobiographical bent: TRUTH, BEAUTY AND A PICTURE OF YOU.

The long anticipated musical, TRUTH, BEAUTY AND A PICTURE OF YOU, is now on stage in its World Premiere. Directed and produced by Neil Gooding, and stars Ian Stenlake (Guys and Dolls, Sea Patrol), Erica Lovell (Little Women, Spring Awakening), Scott Irwin, Toby Francis and Ross Chisari, and is inspired by and based on the song characters, stories and lyrics, of one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters, Tim Freedman.

On 4th December 2011, I saw the one workshop presentation of this new Australian musical at the Fusebox in Marrickville. The very early beginnings of TRUTH, BEAUTY AND A PICTURE OF YOU, was part of a New Musicals Australia Workshop Presentation, and this new musical had a very limited seven day rehearsal process, with a full professional cast and production team.

Based on an original story idea by Alex Broun, Tim Freedman’s classic songs have been cleverly crafted into an original storyline and very moving drama. Many years ago, all the band members were legends living in three blocks in the inner-west. Tightly paced, the story quickly moves backwards and forwards through time, as seen through the eyes of Tom, the 20 year old son of a former band member, and his Mosman girlfriend, whilst revealing all about the life-long friendships of his Dad’s Newtown band and the band mates’ lost youth, and the son finally discovers the whole truth about his father. In the words of Alex Broun, “Tim’s music and lyrics have always captured a timeless essence of human interaction – love, longing, loneliness.”

Highly Recommended, a great nights entertainment as this extraordinary cast of Sydney’s finest musical theatre talent, showcase THE WHITLAMS’ biggest hits from their four platinum albums, and their lyrics quickly move the story forward, and include: You Gotta Love This City, Laugh in their Faces, God Drinks at the Sando (yes The Sando has gone, so these days the “Botany View Hotel”), Buy Now Pay Later, Beauty in Me, No Aphrodisiac, Blow up the Pokies, Fall for You, Charlie No.1, Keep the Light On and Best Work.

Directed and Produced by Neil Gooding
Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys
Music and Lyrics by Tim Freedman
Book by Alex Broun and Tim Freedman
Based on an idea by Alex Broun

Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point

9 May 2014 until 1 June 2014


This show contains some coarse language and sexual references. May not be suitable for children under 13.


Catherine Alcorn stars in  THE DIVINE MISS BETTE
Catherine Alcorn takes her great Midler cover show to Glen Street

Genteel northside audiences have been rocked this last week by the bold, brazen antics of Catherine Alcorn in her great cover show THE DIVINE MISS BETTE.

Alcorn delivers a wonderful impersonation of the legendary Hawaiian broad. She has it all down pat,- the shimmering and sashaying up to the microphone…the  constant ribald jokes and anecdotes…the playing up to her beloved girls, the Harlettes, and her band members, especially the beleaguered piano player, Andrew Worboys, and of-course to her audience, even at one time doing a bit of a tease walk-through of the front rows.

All very showy stuff yes however Alcorn also backs this up with great singing- equally strong with vibrant numbers such as  ‘Boogee Woogie Bugle Boy’ as with haunting, slow numbers such as John Prine’s classic ‘Hello In There ‘.

The band are all terrific,- Musical Director Andrew Wordboys on keys, Daniel Maher on guitar, Tina Harris on bass and Dom Cabrera on drums. A Bette Midler cover show wouldn’t rate without the presence of the Harlettes, in this case performed  with plenty of zing and tongue in cheek humour by Cinzia Lee and Stephanie Morrison.

A Neil Gooding and Catherine Alcorn co-production, THE DIVINE MISS BETTE opened at the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose on Wednesday July 24 and runs until Sunday July 28, 2013.