The Edge of Broadway

— 25th July 2012 —

Where on earth has the last month gone? Oh, that's right. Writing grant reports, collating receipts, working on two shows and seeing shows/trying being a normal person again following the national tour!

Had a great time volunteering as an Assistant to the Assistant Stage Manager for the completely sold out Twisted Broadway - Melbourne at BMW Edge, Federation Square on Monday night. What a show! Modeled on New York's Broadway Backwards, the show features Australian performers singing Musical Theatre numbers originally written for the opposite gender. Think boys in tights singing 'At the Ballet' from A Chorus Line, or four girls doing a medley of Four Seasons hits from Jersey Boys into lollipop mic stands. 

I happily ran up and down the stairwell from side stage to the dressing rooms for 7 hours straight...in heels, what was I thinking?! But, it was all totally worthwhile. Not only did I get to brush past fabulous hosts Melissa Bergland and Rhonda Burchmore a ridiculous amount of times, but the event itself was raising funds and awareness for Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Assistant Stage Manager, Ashlee Hints (who happened to be my Tour/Stage Manager during the national tour of The Weather and Your Health) is incredible at what she does and was such fun to work with! Together we moved props and wired talented Aussie Musical Theatre performers for sound. It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside Ash...behind the scenes this time!

Apart from the incredible performances from the cast and musicians, the other highlight of my night was seeing Ryan Barwood (who also happens to be my Co-Producer and Tour Manager for The Weather and Your Health) in his element. I have never seen someone remain so calm, so diplomatic, so switched on, so gentle, so efficient and so dapper whilst running such an enormous operation! How DOES he do it? It is always thrilling to witness excellence. And at Twisted Broadway, I saw it on stage and off.

Congratulations to all involved. A great success for a worthy cause. I was honoured to be a part of it.

Image - Melissa Bergland and dancers. Photo by Jeff Busby.