Celebrating one of Australia’s most loved groups and telling the remarkable story of legendary pop group The Seekers, the first Australian band to achieve international success, “Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical” will play at Sydney’s State Theatre from 2 April 2016, following a critically acclaimed Melbourne season.
“Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical” follows Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley from their folk and jazz beginnings at a café in South Yarra, Melbourne to their meteoric rise to world pop stardom, which took them to the concert stages of the world in the 1960s, to today. The show features their classic hit songs including The Carnival is Over, I’ll Never Find Another You, Morningtown Ride, A World of Our Own, I am Australian and the Oscar nominated Georgy Girl.
The popular quartet was the first Australian act to achieve major chart success in the UK and US and became the first group ever to reach number one on the UK charts with their first three singles, I’ll Never Find Another You, A World of Our Own and The Carnival is Over, which outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Influential UK music magazine New Musical Express voted The Seekers 1965’s ‘Best New Group’ and the following year, Georgy Girl became the first number one song for an Australian group in America.
Pippa Grandison stars as Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers. Phillip Lowe plays Keith Potger, the band’s 6 and 12-string guitarist and Mike McLeish plays 6-string guitarist Bruce Woodley, along with Glaston Toft as Athol Guy, The Seekers’ double bass player. Ian Stenlake plays their tour manager John Ashby and Adam Murphy is the narrator Ron Edgeworth.
Produced by Richard East, an originating producer of Mamma Mia! and Dennis Smith, producer of “Dusty-The Original Pop Diva”, “Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical” is written by Patrick Edgeworth with script consultant Graham Simpson and directed by Gary Young, with musical supervision by Stephen Amos.
In 1967, The Seekers made a triumphant return to Melbourne, drawing a crowd of more than 200,000 to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. In 1968, the group’s members were named joint “Australians of the Year” for 1967, the only group to be honoured with this award. In July 1968, Judith Durham announced she was leaving The Seekers to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded. The Seekers’ Greatest Hits album was released and spent 17 weeks at number one in Australia and six weeks on top of the UK charts, remaining in the UK Top 40 for 125 weeks.
Eventually reuniting in 1993, The Seekers reformed for their ‘25 Year Silver Jubilee Reunion Celebration’ tour and to a sold out UK tour last year for their 50th anniversary ‘Golden Jubilee’ tour, including two capacity concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours, they were each awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
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