Simon Burke is one of Australia's most accomplished and respected performers, having enjoyed continued success since winning the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor at the age of 13. He has starred in countless film, television, stage and cabaret productions both in Australia and the UK.
Simon's debut album Something About Always is now available - featuring featuring "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music and "Song On The Sand" from La Cage Aux Folles.
It's an intimate recording that lets you get to know Simon's rich, powerful and emotive voice, and features two very special guest stars: Connie Fisher and Caroline O'Connor.
SIMON IN MARY POPPINS
After a sellout record-breaking season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Simon and the cast of MARY POPPINS move to the Burswood Theatre Perth where he reprises his acclaimed performance as George Banks from March 30th
" ...the show doesn't just live up to what is written about it, it exceeds it...There are hardly words to capture exactly what is so special about the musical incarnation of the popular film and the novels it was based onBut what really sets Mary Poppins apart is the casting...Simon Burke's Mr Banks is the best interpretation I have seen"
Brisbane Courier Mail
"...it preaches the importance of looking past what you merely see to value the goodness in people.All of this comes to life on stage with unadulterated gusto, starting with a prodigiously talented cast...Simon Burke as troubled patriarch George Banks possesses – and makes fair use of – the most expressive eyes since Rowan Atkinson. It will be a bonus for many adults in the audience if Burke seems familiar; his 23 years as a Playschool presenter should inspire a trip down memory lane."
"Simon Burke stars as the troubled George Banks, and is accompanied by Pippa Grandison as the timid but beautiful Mrs Banks. The on stage chemistry between the two are beautiful and you really feel the struggle that the two characters go through."
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has always been one of my very favourite gigs. Over the years I've had the pleasure of working there with the likes of Jason Robert Brown, Richard Maltby Jnr and David Shire, and Andrew Lippa, and my last appearance back in 2007, in An Evening With Jeremy Sams, led to Jeremy casting me as Captain von Trapp in his production of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, and the start of a new adventure in the UK. So I was beyond thrilled when Artistic Directors and my great mates David and Lisa Campbell commissioned me to devise a brand new show for their last festival, which kicks off Friday June 10.
My brilliant musical director Daniel Edmonds and I have been working together via Skype for the past couple of months, but now that we're in the same room we're pretty excited with what we've come up with. Although the show's title is the same as the title of my album, Something About Always, we've really just used the album as a starting point, and in fact will be performing less than a third of the songs from the album. The rest is all new material for us. Daniel's done some smoking arrangements and put together a great band including his brother Lucas on drums and the wonderful Barrie Shaw on reeds. It's going to be a very honest look at myself and how I got here and the music that shaped me along the way - so if you happen to be in Adelaide rock up and see us June 17-19 on the Festival Theatre Stage, and if not, well we're planning to travel it further afield before too long.
It's going to be a pretty jam-packed couple of weeks as I'm also hosting and performing at the Festival's opening night event - the Variety Gala Performance on June 10, which will showcase the very best of the international and local artists who will gather together mid-June for the largest Cabaret Festival in the world. It's going to be so great being back home and performing onstage in Australia for the first time in four years, and I couldn't think of a better bunch of people to be doing that with. See you in a minute Adelaide!
All best as ever
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