Tell us about your new show?
Background Boy is my first solo show of original songs. After being the Musical Director for many celebrated Cabaret performers and acts for over 20 years I’ve finally got around to presenting a show of my latest my original solo work including songs from the recent Adelaide Cabaret Festival hit LOOKING FOR LAWSON (poems of Henry Lawson set to music). There will be love songs, sad songs, funny songs and the odd rousing footy anthem. Tipping my hat to such greats as Randy Newman and Hoagy Carmichael and directed by Australian and West End legend, Sally Bourne, ‘Background Boy’ will delight, amuse, move and entertain, evoking the wit and sophistication of the best ‘New York style’ cabaret.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
[pullquote]After being the Musical Director for many celebrated Cabaret performers and acts for over 20 years I’ve finally got around to presenting a show of my latest my original solo work [/pullquote]It’s a classic rare steak, with a side of béarnaise sauce, with hand cut chips made from real potatoes, and a perfect dry dirty martini, with a pickle back chaser. It’s classic, tipping its hat to traditional cabaret, but with a twist of stride piano, swing, supper club and self deprecating humour, with some bite.
Which song resonates most strongly and why?
The Traveller. When the melody came to me, I felt very strongly about it, both wanting to protect it like a child and as if it it was a song I’d known and heard for years – I approached a few musicians about writing lyrics for it, but I remained wordless, until a dear friend Chris Keogh and me wrote it together over three long days and then it felt like a perfect fit. It’s a song that makes people cry.
Any on the road anecdotes?
At the Edinburgh Festival one year after a Meow Meow show we crashed the German Ambassador’s reception for the Pina Bausch dance company. I got on the grand piano and ended up playing for about 3 hours ending up doing disco numbers for the whole party. I confessed to the Ambassador at the end of the night that I was a gate crasher and he said I should return to Edinburgh with a show called “The Gate Crashing Pianist”.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
At the moment, music from the 1920′ and 30’s great American songbook, and from love and great conversation.
What’s next for you?
More Henry Lawson, hopefully all over the country, after a great reception and fantastic reviews at Adelaide cabaret festival and hopefully convincing my girlfriend, the playwright Jane Bodie to write a new musical with me.
What’s your scene?
Long hot baths, whilst listening to my favourite podcast ‘music from a hundred years ago’ a slow roasted lamb shoulder and a long walk, somewhere by a river.
About John Thorn
After thirty years in the background of the finest Australian cabaret(Meow Meow, Bob Downe, Spontaneous Broadway, Pastel Vespa etc…) multi award winning John Thorn has finally got around to doing an original solo show.
Combining immaculate songwriting and sublime musicality John presents a score of his brand new songs road tested around the world, including selections from his recent Adelaide Cabaret Festival hit ‘Looking For Lawson’.
Tipping his hat to such greats as Randy Newman and Hoagy Carmichael and directed by Australian and West End legend Sally Bourne, ‘Background Boy’ will delight all, evoking the wit and sophistication of the best ‘New York style’ cabaret.
‘Brilliant’ – The Australian
‘Wonderful’ ★★★★1/2 – Helen Razor – The Age
Wednesday 28 October 2015 7:00pm
Thursday 29 October 2015 7:00pm
Friday 30 October 2015 7:00pm
Saturday 31 October 2015 7:00pm
Sunday 01 November 2015 7:00pm