Complete with classics from Fats Waller and Irving Berlin and creative liberty with hits from Prince, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga, 30 Something transforms the Paddington RSL into Kings Cross in the 1930s—a time and a place that attracted bohemians, migrants and anyone keen to keep the party alive when the city’s bars and nightclubs closed for the night.
Reviews for 30 Something have said, “Alcorn and Scott turn out to be hilarious solo and together and a musical partnership made in heaven” (Stage Noise) while the Arts Review said the production is “an excellent showcase for the exceptional talents of Phil Scott and Catherine Alcorn” who combine in duets and acerbic, witty and razor-sharp back-and-forths. On stage, it’s a 1939 New Year’s Eve celebration and audiences are invited to this musical celebration.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1939 and Hollywood starlet Catherine Alcorn is back in town where she’s counting down the decade with local icon and maestro of mischief Phil Scott. They talk politics, they talk the Great Depression, they get on the giggle juice and invite you to do the same because some things are easier said with a little bit of liquid courage.
Backed by a top-notch band, the musical arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs are second-to-none where slight tweaks and reimaginings, as well the powerhouse vocals of Alcorn, make the theatrical production by Roadcase shine.
Written, created and starring the fabulous Catherine Alcorn and the prolific Phil Scott, 30 Something is a throwback to speak-easier times with stinging social commentary of Sydney’s social history—how different is our city?
Among other roles, Phil Scott has starred in the short film “Swan Song”, which won Best Comedy, LA Film Festival, 2018, and played Dr. Pangloss in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at the Sydney Opera House.
Catherine Alcorn’s credits include the Sydney Theatre Award-nominated cabaret “Cathartic” as well as the award-winning cabaret “Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie” and “The Divine Miss Bette”, which won Best Cabaret Production in the 2018 Broadway World Awards.
You’re invited to the 1939 New Year’s Eve party at the Paddington RSL on Saturday 16 July at 8pm. Dress like you’re puttin’ on the ritz—glam, elegant and classy. This is one party you don’t want to miss.