Liza Minnelli once said the secret to staying at the top was always to be a moving target, making sure the talent was being tried in many new areas so it would never become boring.
While the wheels may have fallen disastrously off the Minnelli bandwagon in recent years, they look firmly secure in the career of singer Michael Falzon, who has also become something of a moving target.
After a decade in ensemble roles in musicals like Hello, Dolly! and The Pirates Of Penzance, Falzon made his break in 2003 in the lead role of the Queen rock musical, We Will Rock You.
Since then, Sydney-born Falzon has sung at the AFL Grand Final, sat on British PM Tony Blair’s lap and sung to him at the CHOGM meeting, dabbled in political satire with the Wharf Revue’s Best We Forget and sung in the Broadway belt-fest of Showstoppers at the Opera House.
And now Falzon is about to branch out again with his own rock music act at The Basement, backed with an eight-piece band as he performs his own music.
I seem to have been wearing a few hats over recent months, he says. I feel I am finding my place and am able to swap things around to find the fervour and satisfaction in my career.
We Will Rock You was great as it opened a lot of doors and gave people an insight into what someone who has been working in this industry for a long time can step forward and do.
The show let me know what I was capable of and also pushed me to the limits. And I have been trying to keep pushing those limits ever since.
In his one-man show, Falzon will be singing such self-composed rock tracks as Secret Of Happiness, Signs Of Life, One Day At A Time, as well as a smattering of the Queen tracks he gave a regular working out eight times a week in We Will Rock You.
A lot of this show will be original music and some personal favourites, the songs which have influenced me, so of course there has to be some Queen songs in there, he says.
I have been writing my own material for the past year, and now I hope to have an album out in the new year. I like to be challenged all the time, and I really don’t want to be resting.
Michael Falzon performs at The Basement on Wednesday 22 November. For more information visit The Basement’s website.
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