"Eddie Perfect's oh-so-clever-song book with songs ranging from soul and rock to Bollywood and R & B is.. incredible." The Age. ( 4 Stars)
"Full of witty lyrics and great melodies." Stage Whispers.
"Entertainingly depicts the King of Spin with admiration and wry humour." Herald-Sun.
A wild, funny and outrageous musical romp through the life and times of one of the world's greatest cricketers.
Tracing his story from a teenager to international spin sensation to scandal after scandal, then his unlikely romance with Liz Hurley.
First staged in 2009 under the direction of Neil Armfield and then a further triumphant season under the direction of Simon Phillips in 2013.
It has a sparkling orchestration commissioned by the Adelaide cabaret festival.
Order a perusal and you can keep the sensational double CD cast album.
Click on the sample music tab to hear five songs by Eddie Perfect, Lisa McCune, Amy Lehpammer, Verity Hunt-Ballard and Christie Whelan-Browne.
Plot / Synopsis
Begins with (The Tale of Warne ) an all-Australian hero who held the hopes of a nation in the palm of his right hand.
As a teenager he's urged to ( Run ) in training for a failed Aussie Rules career and later as a pizza delivery boy.
His talent as a cricketer is spotted by The Australian Institute of Spots A.I.S (That's how you spell success) where he is drilled in batting, fielding and catching.
However his attitude to training is a little unprofessional due in part to his love of beer (We're Going There) and gambling which
prompts his mentor to warn him against ( Pissing it All Away ).
Young Shane finally gets into fitness ( Training montage ) which segues into an awesome power ballad ( Hollywood ) about
Australian and international heroes.
Now in the Australian Test team in England for the Ashes he dazzles the cricketing world with ( That Ball ).
After the unforgettable dismissal of England's captain the whole world is ( Payin Attention Now ).
In 1992 at a charity golf event Shane meets his wife-to-be Simone and predicts that one day she will be ( Dancing with the stars ).
But soon ( The Away Game ) begins. On tour Shane is "a lone rooster cruising a farm of free-range chickens "
and he becomes embroiled in an Indian betting scandal ( My name is John ).
One scandal follows another. The Aussie cricketers on-field sledging ( We Never Cross the Line),
Warne's indiscreet text messages ( What An S-M- S Mess I'm in ) and a tryst with a nurse ( Donna Wright ) leave his wife Simone
struggling to understand him ( Is the Sun the Moon? ).
His coach Terry Jenner works to lift his spirits ( Pick Up Shane ). Then in ( Shine Like Shane ) he admits to have made some wrong decisions
but won't apologise to the public for not conforming.
Simone laments the lies ( What About that ).
Shane dives back into the battle for ( The Ashes ), on and off the field his job is to ( Spin, spin, spin ).
Shane retires and meets Elizabeth Hurley ( It's Love ).
Together they set the world on fire and celebrate their bliss with a reprise of ( Dancing with the stars ).
There are 42 characters and chorus. This is a mixture of major and minor roles both male and female.
The minimum requirement with doubling is a cast of 9.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN ACT ONE.