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(Information courtesy of Ricochet Working Productions Press Materials.)
The premiere season of BOYBAND, a new Australian comedy with original pop
music, was produced by ricochet working productions inc from May 11-21, 2005
at Sydney’s Seymour Centre. This first season was a critical and commercial
success, and ricochet is now looking for opportunities to take BOYBAND to a
BOYBAND explores the 90's pop music phenomenon through the fortunes
of four boys - Tommy, Jordan, Mark & Corey - who are moulded into
fictional boyband 4ORCE. The show takes a musical journey through the
90s as the boys sing their way to the top - and all the way down again!
A 90 minute one act work, BOYBAND consists of book scenes and concert
excerpts tracing the growth of 4ORCE - and the boyband phenomenon - through
the 90s. The concert scenes feature original, catchy comic songs (performed live
to track) that parody the pop style, and choreography by William Forsythe (Kylie
Minogue, Sydney Olympics) which laughs at all his best moves.
Although high production values are a must for a show of this type, BOYBAND
has been designed to achieve them at low cost. A minimal set, relatively simple
lighting requirements (including the option of working without 'intelligent' lighting),
and existing costume stock can be utilised to produce BOYBAND with a relatively
low production investment.
BOYBAND was brought to fruition by a talented team of experienced
professionals led by Director Jason Langley (Windows, Aurora, Chair in the
Landscape), Musical Director Michael Huxley (Debbie Does Dallas, Only Heaven
Knows) and Choreographer William Forsythe (Kylie Minogue, Sydney Olympics).
Critical Response and Publicity:
BOYBAND attracted a range of editorial and reviews featuring in publications including:
• The Sydney Morning Herald
• The Sun Herald
• The Sunday Telegraph
• The Brag
• Drum Media
• Sydney Star Observer
• Sydney City Hub
• The Glebe
• The Hills Times
Sydney Morning Herald
"with a cleverly satirical score by Andrew Worboys, and William Forsythe’s
choreography delightfully mocking its own clichés, Boyband has commercial
"an hilarious satirical behind-the-scenes portrayal of a manufactured pop
group...with...hysterical executions of a smorgasbord of pop clichés..."
"a highly entertaining and cheeky look at fame...savvy and well-paced..."
"This show’s definitely got something..."
"a take-off of the boy bands of the nineties...it parodies these beautifully, without
ever losing track of the storyline and flow of the piece..."
The Boys of 4ORCE
External Links to "Boyband" Reviews:
Nathan Carter - Tommy
Nicholas Beech - Jordan
Andrew Threlfall - Mark
Richard Brancatisano - Corey
Danielle Barnes - Toni / Diva
James Millar - Richard / JP / Drag Queen
Celeste Barber - Candy / Catriona Bishop-Wilkins / Fan
» This Boy Band Is In Sync (Sydney Star Observer, 05 May 2005)
» "Girls, meet the boyz - they're kickin' it old skool" (Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2005)
» Review: "Boyband" (Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2005)
» 2006 Review: Boyband: The Musical (Sydney Morning Herald, 13 March 2006)