Played 14th - 24th February, 2008 Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Gardner Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
A NIGHT ON BROADWAY by Melbourne-based ensemble Pot Pourri was Gardner & Wife Theatre's first show from Australia. The
repertoire of opera and musical theatre favourites quickly
produced an excited following and full houses, with some
fans returning more than once to catch the four singers –
Tania de Jong, Rebecca Bode, Jonathan Morton, Jonathan Bode
– and their pianist, Rebecca Chambers. Sponsors included Bacardi-Martini.
Rebecca Chambers (pianist) has established herself as a prominent young Australian pianist playing as a soloist with Australia 's major symphony orchestras and has performed on four continents. In recognition of her achievement in music she was named 1996 Young Australian of the Year. In 1996, Rebecca graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and made her Lincoln Centre debut with New York Symphony. A dynamic and versatile performer. Rebecca will create a musical menu for any occasion. She is capable of playing classical, jazz, light opera, Broadway, pop, film and virtuosic featured solos from Tchaikovsky and Chopin to Gershwin.
Tania de Jong (soprano) is the inspiration, co-founder and artistic director of Pot-Pourri and of Music Theatre Australia (MTA). MTA is a one-stop entertainment consultancy and event production company, which specialises in corporate entertainment and productions in Australia and Asia . A graduate of the University of Melbourne (LL.B. Hons.), and the Victorian College of the Arts (Opera, Music Theatre and Voice), Tania is considered one of Australia 's most talented sopranos who has performed with the Victoria State Opera and as a soloist with a number of orchestras. In 2006 Tania received the Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work with The Song Room. The Song Room, a charity founded by Tania, has brought music and performing arts programs to over 100,000 disadvantaged children and communities throughout Australia . Tania's other awards include the "Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australian Culture" (1998) and the Accessibility Award in The Melbourne Awards (2005). She was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards (2001) and studied on a Churchill Fellowship in (1996). She was recently inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame. Tania is also on the board of Australia 's National Research Centre for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Jonathan Morton (baritone) is a man of hidden talents. He not only sings exquisitely, but also has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, is an IT whiz and plays the didgeridoo. Jonathan completed the Opera Studio course at VCA and played the part of Metronome in Zoggy the Time Traveller for the VSO's Schools Company, winning the Warrnambool Aria. He performed with the VSO from 1988 understudying the role of El Dancairo in the VSO's Carmen and played a role in VSO's My Fair Lady. He was Ben in The Telephone for the Melbourne Opera Company, Castlemaine State Festival and Port Fairy Festival. For MTA he played the Prince in Rapunzel-The Musical! and the Count in Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! He is a founding member and director of Music Theatre Australia and Pot-Pourri and is still training his poodle, Jet, for Pot-Pourri stardom.
Jon Bode (tenor) has performed as an actor and singer in theatre, musical theatre and opera in Australia and around the world. He studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before working with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, State Theatre Company of South Australia and in various touring musicals. He has also toured with the European Chamber Opera, London City Opera, Columbia Artists Management and Opera in Concert Productions Worldwide. Since returning to Australia Jon has continued to work in theatre, regularly appears as a guest soloist with Melbourne Opera Company and is currently employed as a full time soloist with Opera Australia.
Rebecca Bode (soprano) studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and Queensland Conservatorium of Music before her debut with The Victorian State Opera and later as a full-time soloist with Opera Australia. She has performed and toured in Europe, America and Asia with Columbia Artists Management, London City Opera, European Chamber Opera, and Opera in Concert Productions Worldwide. Her operatic roles include Mimi, Loretta, Musetta, Norina, Despina, Adele, Valencienne, Yum Yum, Josephine and Mabel.
Production Manager – Bebe Chan
Lighting Operator – Ee Chee Wei
Sound Operator – John Siew
24/02/2008 New Sunday Times by Nisha Sabanayagam SWEET NOTES FROM POT-POURRI
The singers had the crowd from the first note... Pot-Pourri delivered... impossible not to feel inspired... rather comical... young audiences in stitches + more
21/02/2008 The Star by Ann Marie Chandy SLICE OF BROADWAY
...pianist Rebecca Chambers's thrilling solo... spirited performance...+ more