RELIVE THE ERA OF MEMORABLE MUSIC AND MURDEROUS MAFIOSA!
In the 1950s Mario Lanza was a tenor superstar in Hollywood, his records topped the charts and everyone fell for his charm and beautiful voice. Ten years later, he was all washed up, dying mysteriously at the age of 38. What happened?
Mario is part opera and part music theatre and thus encompasses a broad range of musical styles. Highlights include Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, Nessun Dorma, Caro Mio Ben and The Loveliest Night of the Year.
Blake Bowden (South Pacific) sings up a storm as the stormy Lanza, while writer/satirist/ pianist and Adelaide Cabaret Festival regular Phil Scott fills in the gaps, playing various characters in the singer's life.
“Blake Bowden, who plays Mario Lanza, has one of the most amazing voices of this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival. His tone and musicality are engaging and endearing, and it appears effortless as he manoeuvres between the intensely operatic Nessun Dorma and the classic We’ll Meet Again. ”
– AUSSIE THEATRE
“With Phil Scott’s skilful piano playing and the beautifully crooning voice of Blake Bowden, Mario is an enjoyable and educational journey through the life of one of the greatest tenors of all time.”
- GLAM ADELAIDE
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2014
Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2014
Hayes Theatre Cabaret Season 2015
CONCEIVED BY Blake Bowden & Phil Scott
WRITTEN BY Phil Scott
DIRECTED BY Chris Parker
RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes. No interval.