PHIL QUAST AND FRIENDS A "SELL OUT"
The Philip Quast and Friends show at the new Capitol Theatre on Saturday,
February 21 was a sellout and the capacity audience was treated to a stunning
show from the former hometown boy and a special cast of friends.
The concert was organized as a fundraiser by the Rotary Club of Tamworth West
and the talent on display presented a beautiful mix of songs and music.
Philip was joined on the day by accompanist Jane Robertson and 15-year-old
soloist Imogen Dean showcased a talent that will take her to dizzier heights in
The John Muller Jazz Combo - John, Phil Reading and Lou Farina - were joined by
Sam Parnell, Kate Armstrong and Katrina Telfer for some beautiful and soul-felt
John made a point of telling how the rotary Club's annual bowel scan kit helped
save his life and reminded the audience that the kits will be available from
March 78 and only cost a tiny $6.
BILL GLEESON'S FOOTLIGHT FOLLIES (published prior to the event)
THE HOTTEST SEATS IN TOWN
Philip Quast is back
It's a long road from Tintinhull to London's West End, but that's where Philip
has been working solidly for years in the glitter of London's theatrical world.
So much so that it is a rare occasion when he can get the time to come home.
But he's working back in Australia right now and has managed to fit in a one
night recital in the Capitol Theatre called "An Evening With Philip Quast and
West Tamworth Rotary has snagged Philip for the occasion and the proceeds of
the evening will go towards youth projects in Tamworth.
It's a great chance to hear the local lad whose voice has wowed hundreds of
thousands in his many roles on the West End.
Over the years, many Tamworth people have caught up with Philip in London
productions - like his legendary Javert in Les Misérables - but I wonder how
many locals are aware that Philip has more than once been the recipient of the
coveted Olivier Award, the 'Oscar' for excellence in a musical.
He's simply the best in his field.
Just lately I was stunned by his recorded performance in a new production of South Pacific. Yet so many of us hear so little of his triumphs on stage -
he's like that!
The "Evening With Philip Quast and Friends" will be held in the Capitol on
Saturday, February 21 at 7.30pm and tickets are on sale now at John and Judy's
Newsagency in City Plaza. Only 400 are available and I'm told a big number of
these have been snapped up early, so it is essential to get them as soon as you
can. The "House Full" sign will surely be out that night.
Philip is sharing the bill with some great jazz sounds from John Muller so the
audience will be delighted with this all-round, one-off, Tamworth-grown
production in the new Capitol.
For those of us old Tamworthians who remember the Quast family from much
earlier days, I couldn't help but smile at the co-incidence of the family
business's logo from the 1950s - "Q.P."
That has to apply to Philip Quast. He's a QUALITY PRODUCT!
Don't miss out.
Welcome home, Phil!