If you’ve read this blog in the past, you might know I’m a big fan of Jon English and David MacKay’s rock odyssey, Paris. It’s about the Trojan war.
A concept album came out in 1990, with John Parr (who sang Man in Motion, from St Elmo’s Fire) as Paris, and Sheila Parker as Helen of Troy. The album had some impressive talent on it—John Waters, Barry Humphries, Philip Quast, Doc Neeson, John Parr, Sheila Parker, Joe Fagin, Demis Roussos, David Atkins and Terence Donovan. It was backed by the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir.
It’s one of the albums we listen to a lot when writing.
The show has been produced as an amateur musical since, but it has never been produced professionally.
Not until Music Theatre Melbourne (MTM) produced a four-show concert series.
Paris is a rock opera. I’d never even imagined it as concert. I mean, an orchestra in the back, a choir behind them, and the singers down the front.
It was great, and the singers were superb.
Afterwards, they all sang a Jon English song as a tribute. Fantastic.