Created for the 2014 Adelaide cabaret Festival, SWING ON THIS brought together some of Australia’s leading stage and screen talents for a one-night-only special event. So well-received was the show that the boys are in demand to repeat the performance again and again with other headliners “dropping in”.
Stars, Michael Falzon (We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages), Luke Kennedy (The Voice, The Ten Tenors), Matt Lee (So You Think You Can Dance, Mary Poppins), Rob Mills (Grease, Legally Blonde) and Ben Mingay (Wonderland, Pack to the Rafters) deliver a modern audacious take on all-time swing classics along with well-swung interpretations of rock and pop songs that have defined the last four decades. The friends have fun with the music (and each other) with a flair and ease of artists at the top of their game.
“Lifted the roof off the theatre!”Barefoot Review
“Four fine voices and very polished”AussieTheatre.com
“A nostalgic delight of Swing.”AussieTheatre.com
“They brought the house down!”Adelaide Advertiser
"Powerful voices blended in harmony. Very well swung indeed.”SX
Cast by Queen and Ben Elton, Michael’s break-through role came as ‘Galileo’ in the original Australian production of We Will Rock You. He was invited to reprise the role in Japan and the UK, breaking box office records and playing the show’s first-ever arena. Other arena shows include three NSW Premier’s Concerts at Sydney Entertainment Centre and Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds (Australia/NZ), later joining the UK/European 2010 & 2012 tours (released through Universal Pictures).
Michael has appeared in STC’s The Wharf Revue (STC), Side by Side by Sondheim, as ‘Hedwig’ in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (QPAC, Metro Theatre), ‘Homer’ in Floyd Collins (City Recital Hall), ‘Stacee Jaxx’ in Rock of Ages, ‘The Arbiter’ in Gale Edwards’ new production of Chess, and he originated the role of ‘Leo Szilard’ in Atomic. He has been a soloist with Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Western Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, recording with TSO for ABC Music.
Over the last two years, with Asia Theatricals, Michael has co-produced and starred in concerts, The Music of Queen (Sydney Opera House), Painted From Memory (Australian tour) creating Swing on This to open 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, subsequently selling out concerts around Australia alongside friends, Luke Kennedy, Matt Lee, Ben Mingay, Rob Mills and Kate Ceberano. He has further produced Rock Rhapsody, a celebration of the hits of Queen that can be seen aboard Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruises the world over.
Most recently, Michael was invited to New York to record the leading role in ATOMIC – The New Rock Musical by Foxman and Ginges, and produced by Steve Margoshes (Fame, Tommy). The new musical album is out now.
Australian recording artist Luke Kennedy shot to international attention in 2013 as Ricky Martin’s grand finalist on season two of television phenomenon, The Voice Australia. As series runner-up, Luke was the first artist to secure a #1 single on the iTunes charts for his stirring rendition of ‘Time To Say Goodbye’.
Following his success on The Voice Australia, Luke performed with Ricky Martin as a special guest on his 2013 Australian tour releasing his debut album, ‘A Time For Us’, which debuted at #6 on the ARIA charts.
Prior to his star turn on The Voice, Luke enjoyed extensive international touring experience with Australian classical crossover sensation The TEN Tenors and has appeared in the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar in no less then SIX productions around the country.
The stage is not the only place you might see Luke appear. Luke is a regular TV Presenter on Channel 7 Queensland’s popular weekly travel and variety show The Great South East.
Luke’s latest music release, ‘Skin & Scars – EP’ was independently released in August 2015, reaching the Top 5 of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts and is available on iTunes.
A leading Australian theatre and dance personality, Matt Lee has starred in some of Australia’s favourite television and stage shows including as ‘Bert’ in Mary Poppins, (2011 Helpmann Award), Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You, Hugh Jackman’s The Boy From Oz, Rent, The Witches of Eastwick, Oh! What a Night, Grease, Dein Perry’s Steel City, Hot Shoe Shuffle and Rags (Opera Australia) appearing too as ‘Cosmo Brown’ in the Production Company’s Singin’ in the Rain.
Matt was a permanent member of the judging panel and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, earning a Logie Award nomination for Most Popular New Talent, and was the motion capture principal in the Oscar-winning animated feature Happy Feet. Other screen credits include Home and Away and ‘Jonno’ in the AFI-winning feature film, Bootmen.
As choreographer, Matt’s credits include the Baz Luhrmann tribute for the AACTA Awards, The Voice Australia for Ricky Martin, the 2013 NRL Grand Final, Australia’s Got Talent, Big Brother, the 2013 Helpmann Awards, and staging for Timomatic across several televised events. He is well-known for his choreographic work with Hilary Duff, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Marcia Hines and Christine Anu, touring too worldwide as choreographer with sister2sister, supporting Britney Spears on her Oops, I Did It Again tour. In 2010, Matt choreographed the opening of the 2010 Logie Awards with six-time ARIA Award winner Gabriella Cilmi.
Matt is currently reprising the role of ‘Bert’ in the UK Tour of Mary Poppins and will be seen in #SwingOnThis (here or there) sometime soon.
Rob broke into musical theatre when cast in the role of ‘Fiyero’ after first hearing the music from the musical Wicked, vowing to be a part of the show when it came to Australia in 2008.
Other credits include playing ‘Danny’ in a national tour of Grease, ‘Warner’ in Legally Blonde (both for Gordon/Frost), The Last Five Years (nominated for Best Musical Production at 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards), and Hair.
Rob first came to the nation’s attention as a finalist on the first series of Australian Idol.
Following this success and the national Idol Tour, he was soon signed to BMG. His first single ‘Ms Vanity’ debuted at #6 on the Australian charts, reaching Gold status. His debut album ‘Up All Night’ was released in June 2004, featuring seven co-written tracks.
During the 2015 cabaret season Rob launched Rob Mills is Surprising Good to rave reviews. A show inspired by the “surprisingly good” reviews he managed to receive from both critics and audiences.
Rob shone as the host of 2012’s all-new Young Talent Time and has featured (as himself) in a myriad of shows from Celebrity Apprentice to Dirty Laundry Live, The Project, Dancing With The Stars, Spics and Specs, Postcards and The Footy Show.
Most recently, Rob was cast in the lead role of Sam in Ghost the Musical, a role made famous by Patrick Swazye in the 1990 hit feature film.
Ben Mingay is an actor, musician and international musical theatre performer. Most recently, Ben graced our screens as ‘Trystan Powell’ in Home and Away after playing ‘Rob Duffy’ in three seasons of the Network 10 series, Wonderland, and appeared as ‘Buzz’ for Network 7’s final series of Packed to the Rafters.
On the stage, Ben starred as ‘Zack Mayo’ in the world premiere production of An Officer and A Gentleman and received rave reviews for his portrayal of ‘Tommy DeVito’ in the award-winning musical Jersey Boys at Sydney’s Theatre Royal – his first Australian performance since he originated the role of ‘Billy Kostecki’ in another world premiere, that of Dirty Dancing in 2004. Ben’s unique vocal ability won him that same role in every English-speaking production worldwide for almost six years, including the West End, Canada, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles.
Originally a construction worker from Newcastle Ben ‘fell’ into classical music when he was dared by his mates to audition for the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney. He subsequently won a scholarship and went on to train in Opera Voice for several years – a twist of fate that changed the trajectory of his life forever.
Ben will be seen in cinema’s soon as ‘Grease Nolan’ in Mel Gibson’s new film, Hacksaw Ridge, on the small screen in Cannonball for Network 7 and on stage in Rolling Thunder Vietnam.