The Boy from Oz is a musical based on the life of singer/songwriter Peter Allen
and features his largely autobiographical songs.
Allen was an immensely gifted Australian performer.
He had three extended sold out engagements at New York City's Radio City Music Hall,
where he became the first male dancer to dance with The Rockettes an
rode a camel during "I Go to Rio".
He was openly, flamboyantly gay and became an early AIDS casualty.
The Boy from Oz was the first Australian musical to reach Broadway.
It started previews at the Imperial Theatre on 16 September 2003,
opened on 16 October 2003 and closed on 12 September 2004,
at the end of Hugh Jackman's contract.
It was adapted for the American audience by playwright Martin Sherman,
who removed some of the Australianisms (such as 'jackaroo') and
expanded the role of American characters Garland and Minnelli.
It starred Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen, Isabel Keating as Judy Garland,
Stephanie Block as Liza Minnelli, Beth Fowler as Marion Woolnough,
Jarrod Emick as Peter's AIDS-stricken lover Greg Connell,
and John Hill as Mark Herron (Judy's husband).
Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and
the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical,
and Keating won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
The show also received nominations for four other Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
84 minutes, with MPEG-4 AVC video and Dolby Stereo AC3 audio.
The video comes from the official media reel DVD that was issued in conjunction
with the opening of the original Broadway production of the Boy from Oz in 2003.
The media reel was made available to television critics, for use in their reviews
of the show in 2003, and includes all of the musical numbers
(but has abridged dialogue) from the original Broadway production.
Professionally shot by the producers, it has clear picture and sound.
The performance is grand!
Unless your heart is made of stone, Jackman's rendition of "Once Before I Go"
will leave you in tears.
The file includes the original Broadway cast recording;
also included is the cast recording for the original Australian production,
whose success paved the way for Broadway.
Note: during the overture, for the first 40 seconds, the video is blank/black;
the file is not corrupt.
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