Under the Influence is a series of shows based on the musical influences of a guest. So far these have included Keith Potger of The Seekers, political journalist Karen Middleton, local blues musician DJ Gosper, and Nigel McRae and Beth Tully who run Smith’s Alternative.
Next cab off the rank is Michael Simic, a stunning, larger-than-life, singer and songwriter of Croatian heritage, known to many as the front man of the Black Sea Gentlemen.
Under the Influence is a bittersweet cabaret, based on Mikelangelo’s musical influences. It delves into the formative elements of his life from his years as a Croatian-Australian boy growing up in Canberra to a performer and writer who has gone onto great success on national and international stages.
This highly creative collaboration captures the many sides of his life, from laconic Aussie bloke to the irrepressible cabaret performer he’s become, through music as diverse as Balkan folk, Spaghetti Western, surf music, crooners, iconic singers and songwriters, original songs, and more.
Accompanied by a three-piece band (Matt Nightingale, Jon Jones, Dave O’Neill), Under the Influence promises humour, poignancy, surprising revelations, immersive theatricality, and stunning musical moments.
The show is directed by experienced music-theatre practitioner, Tracy Bourne. Don’t miss Under the Influence.
At the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Fri/Sat Nov 3/4, 7.30pm.