The 2nd day Oz IGP last night (Saturday, 11 January) was my first. I attended the venue with Lily from Texas & Jaruska from La Jolla, California. There I met Debbie from Indiana, Lynda & her friend from Toronto, and George Ginis from Melbourne who came with his brother. Russell’s boys, Charlie & Tennyson, were also there. Charlie is going to be one tall young man. The legendary Aussie actor, Jack Thompson, was also present. Russell’s PA, Keith was there too, of course.
The show began at exactly Door to the auditorium was opened 15 minutes prior. I really love the seating in the room because no matter where you sit, you can always have a great view to the stage. It was far more spacious than the one I experienced at the Gramercy Theater in NYC last 13 October 2012.
I sat at row G4, near the entrance door of the auditorium which is to my left. RC & Alan Doyle opened the show as if they were chatted backstage & made light jokes. About 3 minutes in, suddenly the entrance door to my front left swung open and there they were, walked past right in front of me. So close, I could almost reach them. Audience clapped & cheered. They continued the prologue for several minutes before headed to the stage. RC wore his typical black suits & pants with tieless white shirt, Alan wore all blacks, also tieless. Then they started to introduce the perfomers one-by-one to the stage, started from Samantha Barks from “Isle of Men”, Owen & Moley from Limerick, Scott Grimes, and Carl Falk (Srilankan-born music producer of well-known musicians such as One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato). He introduced Scott as an actor he first met at “Mystery, Alaska” playing Burt Reynold’s son. Heheh… Sadly, no Kevin Durand.
Here are the list of songs & intermezzos as far as I could remember chronologically. Forgive me as some of the songs are not that familiar to me, but some were also sung at the NYC IGP 2012.
‘Hit the Ground’ – performed by the gang.
‘Raewyn’ – by RC & Alan. RC told the background story of the song. His mom’s younger sis (Raewyn) committed suicide by slashing her wrist in the bathroom, and his dad’s younger brother, Charlie, died during a scubadiving incident. He wondered how these two tragedies intertwined & possibly united his parents.
‘Perfect in Your Eyes’ – by RC & Alan. RC told the story about a young actress he was so in love with at the movie set of ‘The Crossing.’ He lightly joked that she then became his future wife and “probably” will become his “future ex-wife” later on. He made a love poetry to her near the end of the film shooting & left it at the door of her change room because he was cold feet to say how he felt & was afraid that he would never see her again after the shooting was over. It was pretty touching.
‘Sadness of a Woman’ – by RC, Alan, Samantha Barks & Carl Falk.
‘Too Far Gone’ – by same performers. RC & Alan asked the audience where they came from. (Geez! Seems I’m the only one from Indonesia & Asia).
‘Lover’s Hands’ – by same performers. Alan took the leading vocal.
‘The Killing Song’ – by same performers. RC told funny story about Lennie Loftin.
‘Should’ve Got to Know Me’ – a new song by Samantha Barks. RC said that the song took two years to produce.
‘Where I Belong’ – a solo acapella by Alan Doyle (taken from Alan’s new album). He told wonderful story about living in Newfoundland and his family’s hometown in St. John’s. RC co-wrote the song.
An Irish traditional song – performed acapella by Owen & Moley.
‘Take It Easy’ – by Owen & Moley. Same as IGP at Gramercy, Owen played a guitar and Moley did the percussion by his mouth.
A poem reading – by Omar Musa. A great artist. He combined poem reading with light stand-up comedy and a bit of rap. Very interesting. Loved it.
‘‘ – by Scott Grimes. A brilliant singer, as usual. He played the keyboard.
‘To Love Somebody’ (the Bee Gees’ song) – a surprise performance by Darren Percival from Oz The Voice, duet with Scott Grimes.
A song by RC, he was playing the guitar (sorry, forgot the title) – performed by RC, Alan & Scott. Same as the Gramercy’s IGP, audience was told to do the humming at certain parts of the song.
‘Breathless’ – by Owen & Moley. Very funny, same as the one performed at Gramercy’s IGP. The audience were told to do “panting like a dog” as instructed by Moley. RC, Alan & Scott acted as if they were the backing vocals, did silly dancing & all. Scott even did the “Michael Jackson” thing a little bit with his legs.
‘Weight of a Man’ – by RC, Alan plus surprise guests: Dave Kelly played the “boxed drum” & Stewart Kirwan played the trumpet.
‘Testify’ – by RC & Alan. The audience erupted!
A bagpipe perfomance – by Charlie Allen. RC’s friend back in the days of ‘Gladiator’ who played the Leader of the Barbarian hordes.
A song by Scott Grimes (sorry, I don’t know the title).
‘You’re the Voice’ – by Scott Grimes playing the guitar & the whole gang. The audience were at their feet & sang along.
Then all the performers bowed down, left the stage. Audience screamed for more and the encore started.
‘My Hand, My Heart’ – by RC, Alan & Scott. A song that RC referred to as a “drinking song.” RC held a glass & cheered to the audience. Scott played the keyboard.
‘Man in the Mirror’ – by the whole gang. Scott Grimes took the lead vocal. A great closing number. God rest your soul, Michael Jackson.
All performers bowed down, the show ended to loud cheers.
Overall, the atmosphere was laid-back, relaxed, but still amazing & highly entertaining. Everyone had lots of fun. What a night! So memorable. Still can’t believe I’m still given a chance to see RC & friends performed live on stage again. One more night to go ( night) before I go back to Sydney morning & back to Jakarta morning.