Former Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan is back and tells us all about her new role in the musical Flowerchildren
WHAT IS FLOWERCHILDREN THE STAGE SHOW ALL ABOUT?
It’s a story based on The Mamas and The Papas in their prime time in the music industry from late ’60s to early ’70s. It’s about how the group was formed, how they got their name and the story behind their music. Each character has his/ her moment to tell his/her side of the story.
HOW DID YOU LAND THE ROLE OF MAMA CASS?
I actually got offered the role, which was quite an honour. I met with the director and writer who told me they had auditioned many girls for the role but there was something missing. When they asked if I was interested, I jumped at the opportunity.
WHAT DID YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THE BAND AND ’60S MUSIC BEFORE YOU WERE ROPED INTO THIS MUSICAL?
I knew a little about the group but I knew more about Mama Cass as I had my own show called Big, Beautiful & Sexy where I covered one of her songs. And of course, I knew songs like “California Dreaming”, “Monday Monday” and “Dream a Little Dream”. As for other ’60s music, I knew a lot about the Motown era, having been in the musical The Sapphires. It will be nice to slip into some comfy boots and a comfy dress and perform as one of The Mamas and The Papas.
WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION?
The monologues — there are so many; also, the harmonies on some of the songs. But the toughest part of all is doing Mama Cass justice by telling her story the best I can.
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Flowerchildren – The Mamas and Papas Story will be playing 29 August – 10 September at Theatre Works (Melbourne)
To book tickets, visit http://www.magnormos.com/flowerchildren.htm