WHAT is it about Nelson Padilla and Jason Robert Brown’s musical theatre show ‘Songs for a New World’?
The Beaumont Hills lyrical tenor will perform in the show for a third time from March 16, this time for Rockdale Musical Society.
‘‘It’s a very popular show, especially for a lyrical tenor; the range is sensational and the music is beautiful,” said Padilla, whose solos will include the musical number ‘On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492’.
“It’s one of those shows, when we first did it at [Parramatta] Riverside Theatres [with the Lyric Ensemble] it was a sold-out production.”
Padilla first entered musical theatre in 1996 and most recently starred in the title role of Jesus in Lyric Ensemble’s sell-out production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He works in the Castle Towers’ Apple store by day.
“I started singing in the church choir when I was about five,” Padilla said.
“I love to perform and getting that instant reaction from the audience, which you don’t get from any other kind of performance.”
‘Songs for a New World’ transports the audience through song from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters.
It sits on the boundary between musical and song cycle, but is neither.
“There is no specific location, other than the human heart and mind, but the moments in life it captures are very real, very universal: the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, imprisonment and more,’’ director Osman Kabbara said.
Padilla will play Man One of five cast members. In the original production there were only two singers.
“Each song [in the show] has its own story; that’s why it’s not written as individual characters,” Padilla said.
Man One’s songs are all about discovering and hope, he said.
‘Songs for a New World’ is at Bexley RSL & Community Club (24 Stoney Creek Road) on March 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24 at 8pm. Matinee sessions are on March 18 and 24 at 2pm. Details/bookings: 1300 244 523.
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