BEN MINGAY to star in…

ROLLING THUNDER VIETNAM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND IN 2016

 ‘An absolutely rocking piece of theatre’ – Sunday Times

‘A musical and dramatic triumph’  Herald Sun

‘Electrifying…the show reaches deep into the soul’  ABC Radio

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 4.47.58 PMTHE sensational Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam – Songs That Defined A Generation returns for an exclusive national tour in July-August 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

The acclaimed production became one of the most talked about musical and theatrical events of 2014 when it toured nationally after premiering at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane. Under the blazing musical direction of Chong Lim (John Farnham Band, Dancing With the Stars), Rolling Thunder Vietnam earned standing ovations at every performance, winning plaudits from audiences and critics alike.

Rolling Thunder Vietnam showcases an outstanding cast, including rising talents KIMBERLEY HODGSON, TOM OLIVER, WILL EWING and MATT PEARCE (currently appearing in the musical RENT at Hayes Theatre Co.) They will be joined by the powerhouse Australian singer-actor BEN MINGAY, star of Wonderland and Packed to the Rafters. Ben also played the role of Tommy Devito in the Australian tour of Jersey Boys and Billy in Dirty Dancing on London’s West End.

Announcing the exclusive 2016 season of Rolling Thunder Vietnam, producer Rebecca Blake said that it was only a matter of time before the show was back in front of audiences again.

“The way Rolling Thunder connected to people when it first toured Australia was very special. Everyone loved hearing those great songs and they were genuinely moved by the storytelling.

“The positive responses from Vietnam Veterans and their families were overwhelming. It was as though they’d been waiting for years to experience their story on stage in such a vibrant and powerful way. It’s a tremendous thrill to be bringing the show back next year, especially in the 50th anniversary year of the Battle of Long Tan in which precious young lives were lost.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 4.47.50 PMThe season includes performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, the Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle and Perth. 

The soul-stirring production includes many of the greatest rock songs ever written and produced, including classics by Steppenwolf, Joe Cocker, Buffalo Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gladys Knight, Billy Thorpe, The Rolling Stones and Paul Simon.

Conscription, combat, protest and homecoming, Rolling Thunder Vietnam – Songs that Defined A Generation combines personal stories of young Vietnam War soldiers with classic songs of the era. This touching and uplifting theatrical concert draws audiences inside the lives of men on the battlefront and their families and loved ones at home.

The Vietnam War was the world’s first televised war. More than any other conflict it produced some of the most popular and enduring songs of the 20th century. The 2016 tour of Rolling Thunder Vietnam coincides with a number of planned events to honour the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. The conflict took place on 18 August 1966 in a rubber plantation near Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. Eighteen Australians were killed and more than 20 wounded.

Rolling Thunder Vietnam features stunning projected images and historic news footage. It is a truthful work written by Bryce Hallett (Freeway – The Chet Baker Journey) and directed by David Berthold (Brisbane Festival artistic director). Based on first-hand interviews with Vietnam War veterans and actual letters, the stories reveal the danger of combat, the rise of the anti-war protest movement in the late ’60s, comradeship and the toll of war on relationships and families.

The “songs that defined a generation” include Fortunate Son, All Along the Watchtower, The Letter, What’s Going On, Born to be Wild, Killing Me Softly with His Song, We’ve Gotta Get out of This Place and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

www.rollingthundervietnam.com


VENUES AND DATES 

MELBOURNE

VENUE          Palais Theatre
SEASON        Saturday 23 July
TIMES:           Matinee 2pm and evening 7.30pm.
TICKETS       From $79.90
BOOKINGS  136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
Groups 10+ Call 136 100

 

SYDNEY

VENUE          State Theatre
SEASON        Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 July
TIMES:           Evenings 7.30pm. Matinees Wed & Sat 2pm
TICKETS       From $79.90
BOOKINGS  136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
Groups 10+ Call 136 100

 

WOLLONGONG

VENUE          WIN Entertainment Centre
SEASON        Tuesday 2 August
TIMES:           Evening 7.30pm.
TICKETS       From $79.90
BOOKINGS  136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au

Groups 10+ Call 136 100

 

GOLD COAST

VENUE          Jupiters Theatre, Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast
SEASON        Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August
Evenings 7.30pm. Sat matinee 2pm
TICKETS       From $79.90
BOOKINGS  132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au
Or Jupiters box office ()7) 5592 8303 Groups 10+
Call 1300 364001 or groupbookings@ticketek.com.au

 

CANBERRA

VENUE          Canberra Theatre
SEASON        Wednesday 10 August
TIMES:           Matinee 2pm. Evening 7.30pm.
TICKETS       From $79.90
BOOKINGS   (02) 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au

Groups 10+ Groups@canberratheatrecentre.com.au or (02) 6275 2727

 

NEWCASTLE

VENUE          Civic Theatre Newcastle
SEASON        Saturday 13 August
TIMES:           Matinee 2pm. Evening 7.30pm.
TICKETS       From $79.90
BOOKINGS   (02) 4929 1977 or www.ticketek.com.au

Groups 10+ (02) 4929 1977 or groupbookings@ticketek.com.au

 

PERTH

VENUE          Crown Theatre Perth
SEASON        Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 August
TIMES:           Evenings 7.30pm. Wed & Sat matinee 2pm
TICKETS       From $82.30
BOOKINGS   136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au

Groups 10+ Call 136 100