Dale Burridge returns to the stage with AT THE CROSSROADS, a fabulous review of his career to date.
Sunday, April 24, 2022, 2 p.m., Hayes Theater Potts Point
AT THE CROSSROADS marks the return of Dale Burridge to the theater scene after more than two decades of absence. Presented with honesty and humor, the rich-toned tenor shares the highs and lows of a stage career in a masterclass of cabaret storytelling and baring the soul.
Returning to the theater scene after a more recent career as a concert and corporate entertainment producer, Dale Burridge shares the stories and songs from his varied musical theater career. Written by Burridge in collaboration with his friend and director Martin Crewes, this beautifully crafted two-hour cabaret (presented with an interval) strikes the perfect balance between presenting the highs and lows of breaking up with the family construction business. of buildings to follow his dream. to perform. Supported by Music Director Bev Kennedy on grand piano and Mark Szeto on double bass, Burridge’s rich tones bring new life and meaning to well-known musical theater pieces.The distinguished performer who created the role of Raoul Vicomte de Chagny for the first Australian production in 1990 shares fabulous arrangements of the musicals that marked his career. From The Sound of Music, which he first got used to before being cast as Rolf for the UK tour, to Anything Goes, Scrooge The Musical and Oliver, Crewes and Burridge have carefully selected the songs included for s ensuring that each serves the underlying narrative. that Burridge weaves between the lyrics. Burridge’s performance style has a captivating intensity as, with her textured voice, her facial expressions, especially her eyes as her gaze connects and holds the audience. His interpretation of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh The rules of the road has a wonderful underlying expression of pent-up despair and anger at having his career blocked by immigration laws while Ted Koehler and Billy Moll Wrap your problems in dreams is given drama that oscillates between subtle moments and bold texture and Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley once in a lifetime moves in its hopeful and rich optimism. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s arrangement is generally frivolous and ridiculous The surry with the fringe on top infuses new sensibility and sensibility as it is used to express the healing that Burridge and his former circus steed needed while Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion The Impossible Dream (The Quest) is close to traditional interpretations, filled with determination, power, commitment and intensity For all songs shared, he ensures that each lyric is backed by meaning and understanding, trusting his audience to see his vulnerability and honesty to the point that he stirs the emotion of his audience, but he is also personally touched by the music and the memories he shares.Although the current Hayes Theater season has only been short, it is understood that Burridge is touring AT THE CROSSROADS, so hopefully he can bring this work back to Sydney for those who missed that tour.