A generous touch of the larrikin, Bradley McCaw reminds me of a cheeky John Farnham with a pinch of Elton John and rather oddly, a taste of The Whitlams (it’s the piano perhaps). On September 19, the former Ten Tenors crooner gathered a buzzing crowd around him at Brisbane’s funky new Jazz joint The Doo Bop Bar to launch ‘Highlights from Becoming Bill’, a studio album featuring fine Australian performers such as Peter Cousens, Natalie O’Donnell, Kathryn McIntyre and Tom Oliver. The collective is tasked with giving tonsil-time to McCaw’s acclaimed 2010 musical-in-progress ‘Becoming Bill’.
Bradley would charm the socks off your mother and easily works the crowd, egging them on for sign-a-long choruses and as the star performer, he is also very generous with praise of his cast. The pieces are reminiscent of contemporary musical classics such as Rent (in particular ‘Let’s Not Have This Fight’ performed by Kathryn McIntyre). McIntyre’s (Ladies in Black) effortless vocal range wallpapers the room with her dusty notes. ‘Becoming Bill’ is based around the life of Bill (Bradley McCaw), a 25-year-old struggling actor who can’t seem to get his life together. The audience meets Bill five years into his difficult relationship with Kimberley (played by McIntyre).
McCaw has some impressive runs on the board, playing alongside such names as Bernard Fanning and Pete Murray and performing leads in productions such as Miss Saigon and Sweeney Todd but he obviously gets a real kick out of writing his own material and delivering his stories to a room full of new friends.
To listen to some of the performers or to find out more about the show (or purchase the album) head to McCaw’s website www.bradleymccaw.com and keep your eyes peeled on social media for upcoming events. Hopefully, we’ll see the full musical on stage soon!
Author: Sonny Clarke