FOR the first time in Australia, the music of timeless album Painted From Memory will be staged in a one-off live performance by Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox.
The album, a 1990s collaboration between music legends Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello, was described by the Rolling Stone magazine as having “exquisite orchestrations and subtle wordplay”, and was so significant that a documentary, Because it’s a Lonely World, was also created to commemorate the occasion.
In recent years Fox and Falzon have featured in some of the most successful international musicals. Falzon was hand-picked by Queen’s very own Brian May for We Will Rock You, staged in some of the UK’s largest arenas and has subsequently starred in the award-winning Rock of Ages, The War of the Worlds and has fronted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
“After first hearing God Give Me Strength my appreciation of Bacharach and Costello grew enormously,” he said.
“On discovering their collaborative album, I was moved by the arrangements — the honesty in each song compelled me to help bring it to the stage.”
Fox, who recently recorded You’re the Boss with model Miranda Kerr, was personally selected by Frankie Valli to play the lead role in Jersey Boys — performing the role an incredible 850 times — and has also starred in Mamma Mia!, Riverdance and a variety of TV shows.
“I’m so excited to be performing this beautiful album with Michael. There is something so iconic about a Bacharach song. His melodic journeys tell the story just as much as his powerful lyrics,” he said.
“Add in the musical brilliance of Elvis Costello and it’s rich with heartbreak, hope and beauty. Michael has one of the finest voices this country has to offer and I’m so excited to share the stage with him.”
What:Painted From Memory: The Music of Bacharach and Costello
When: 7.30pm; September 24
Where: City Recital Hall; Angel Place, Sydney CBD
Tickets: Click here
Watch Bobby Fox’s collaboration with Miranda Kerr: