Brisbane’s Underground Opera Company will launch its 10th anniversary year with a return season of West End to Broadway in the 150-year-old Spring Hill Reservoir.
Underground Opera Company (UOC) steers audiences away from sterile theatres and towards unusual stages that are literally underground.
They’ve performed in working and abandoned mines, tunnels, natural caves, aeroplane hangars, power stations, on remote islands, in a 19th century barn, in castles, and in 150-year-old water reservoirs.
West End to Broadway, which will also travel to the Sunshine Coast and North Queensland, will feature a number of incredible solo, duet and ensemble renditions of showstoppers from the golden years of Hollywood, through to modern musical blockbusters.
The season will star accomplished musical theatre performer Dale Pengelly, who served as Todd McKenney’s understudy for the Australian tour of The Boy From Oz, and has also appeared in London’s Hot Shoe Shuffle and in the Asian tours of Saturday Night Fever, Singin’ in the Rain and Chicago in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Pengelly will be joined by fellow world-class performers Louise Dorsman, Lionel Theunissen, Pia Frangiosa and Brendan Murtagh.
Pengelly last performed with UOC eight years ago, and is excited by the company’s growth in that time.
“[Founder and director] Bruce [Edwards] has done an exceptional job in growing such a unique idea,” Pengelly says.
“It was exciting to be a part of UOC in its early years and to come back now to see how much the concept has grown is a privilege.
“I can’t wait to perform at the 150-year-old Spring Hill Reservoir and the Sunshine Castle. I’m also very excited to perform in the Capricorn Caves, being a north Queensland boy.”
Underground Opera Company’s West End to Broadway will play Bli Bli’s Sunshine Castle from 3-6 February, before travelling to the Spring Hill Reservoir from 10-26 February and North Queensland’s Capricorn Caves from 3-5 March. For more info and tickets, visit undergroundopera.com.