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Relive the music of the 90s

What do Nirvana, Alanis Morissette, Coolio and John Farnham have in common?

They were all superstars of the 90s, the decade that gave us grunge and a slew of groundbreaking new bands. It also gave us Britney Spears...

Music lovers can now re-live the highlights when Phoenix Ensemble presents I'm too sexy for the 90s, an original show of 90s music, over five weekends in March.

90s-cast-smallDirector Joel Mikkelsen has captured the essence of the decade in a dynamic production featuring a six-piece band, 15-strong cast of singers and dancers, and an upgraded sound and lighting system that promises to deliver a true rock show experience.

Joel said the biggest challenge with the show was choosing the final song list. The search started with 1,000 songs, which were whittled down to 200. Five meetings later – and much discussion to ensure as many genres as possible were covered – and the list was finalised...at least until rehearsals.

"Some people blew us away with the songs they auditioned with. In many cases those songs were on our shortlist but had been bumped in favour of something else. They're now back in.

"We've worked tirelessly to create the best representation of each of the songs, trying to capture all the fun and zaniness of this unique period. We know we're going to get people coming up to us and saying 'I can't believe you didn't put "X" in a 90s show!' But we couldn't put them all in or the show would've gone for a week!"

The music and mood of the 90s was eclectic, and audiences can expect the same sort of mix with the 90s show. "Some songs are blatant self parody, but others are sombre and serious...and we've spent hours on scoring on harmonies."

Joel said that aside from the live band and strong vocal cast, the show also featured "some of the most intense choreography seen in any Phoenix show".

"Our cast has been simply amazing in its dedication and hard work. Braving 35 degree plus heat in our shed for full-day choreo rehearsals ... this will be the fittest cast in the country by the time we open!'

Unlike past original revues produced by Phoenix, I'm too sexy for the 90s doesn't have a dramatic/comedic context or MC narration. It's all about the music – and the stage production.

Joel is full of praise for his musical directors Nick Ng and Casey Chadwick (aka The Chad), and choreographers Alex Burrie and Laura Baker. "Nick is simply a musical genius, and The Chad is just all over the material like she's been studying it her whole life. Alex and Laura are just my rocks. They are just amazing with work with."

The director can't wait to see how audiences respond to the show.

"I'm extremely excited to see the reaction we get from the audience to the hours and hours of polishing we've been putting into our numbers. Expect awesomeness."

I'm to sexy for the 90s

Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh

Times: 7.30pm: 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 30, 31 March 2012

Tickets: $18 - $26



Adam Bartlett

Alex Burrie

Alicia Caruana

Darcy Morris

Erin Hutley

Jason Lawson

Joanna Mikkelsen

Julia Lefik

Laura Baker

Lisa Killeen

Matthew Angelino

Michell Phair

Natasha Prasek

Scott Johnson

Taylor Williams

Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2012 17:30
Season 2012 announced! PDF Print E-mail

In 2012, Phoenix Ensemble will again show why it’s one of the most dynamic, adventurous and talented community theatre companies in south-east Queensland, with an eclectic season of productions promising something for everyone.

The line-up includes an original musical featuring hits from the 90s, a classic David Williamson play, one of the most successful jukebox musicals of all time, and a politically-incorrect musical featuring puppets. All productions will be staged in the boutique Pavilion Theatre at the Beenleigh Showgrounds.

I’m too sexy for the 90s
From first-time director, Joel Mikkelsen, comes an original production featuring music of the 1990s – from Alanis Morissette, Nirvana and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to Eminem, Britney Spears and MC Hammer. Expect plenty of energy and cheeky humour. If you loved Boogie Fever (music from the 70s) and Living in the 80s – both original Phoenix shows – you’ll love this production. Musical direction is by Nick Ng and Casey Chadwick, with Choreography by Alex Burrie and Laura Baker.
Season: 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 30, 31 March 2012
27 November 2011

After the Ball
This story, from iconic Australian playwright David Williamson, offers a frank, critical look at Australian suburban family life in the 1960s and 1990s. At turns tortuous and hilarious, it traces the aspirations, disappointments and realities that test family life, at a time of bewildering social change. A deeply moving play, directed by Maria Grills. A must for fans of quality Australian drama.
Season: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 June 2012
Auditions: 3 March 2012

Buddy: The Musical
One of the original – and best  jukebox musicals of all time comes to the Pavilion Theatre in 2012. It captures the story of the short and spectacular career of Buddy Holly, the man who changed the face of music, and features more than 20 of his greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby” and “Chantilly Lace”. Directed by Debbie Taylor, with musical direction by Mark Plumb.
Season: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 August, and 1, 7, 8 September
Auditions: 12 May 2012

Avenue Q
Phoenix favourite Tracey Hutley directs this adults-only musical comedy, which took Broadway and the Tony Awards by storm. Combining actors with puppets, it’s a laugh-out-loud show that tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate who moves into a shabby New York apartment, meets eccentric neighbours, and discovers his purpose in life. This promises to be the most talked about show in Phoenix’s 19-year history! Musical direction by Casey Chadwick and Nick Ng, and choreography by Heather Scott.
Season: 26, 27 October, & 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 November 2012
Auditions: 7 July 2012


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