Our Emma stars in new production Jesus Christ Superstar
GYMPIE singer/songwriter/musician Emma Beau is set to play the iconic role of Mary Magdalene in a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, opening in the Events Centre Caloundra on October 17 this year.
The Gateway Theatre production features ARIA award winner and X Factor Australia Season 2 winner Altiyan Childs as Jesus and The Voice Australia grand finalist Frank Lakoudis as Judas.
The legendary rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice first debuted on Broadway in 1971 and centres on the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion as seen through the eyes of disciple Judas Iscariot.
A former Gympie High and CMSOE graduate, Emma Beau toured for almost four years with Australian rock legend Jon English, playing to packed houses in venues as diverse as Melbourne's Crown Casino, Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide, Nambour Civic Centre and a long list of urban and regional clubs and theatres around the country.
Between 2012 and 2105, Beau played a key role in the Jon English Rock Revolution and cabaret shows, supporting other cast members with fiddle, guitar and mandolin and developing her own unique singing style with solo classics such as House of the Rising Sun and Big Yellow Taxi.
Beau, who still considers Gympie home, has toured and performed both vocally and instrumentally with Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, Sara Storer, Mind Over Matter and The Weeping Willows.
A former Tamworth Golden Fiddle Award winner, her violin skills resulted in a contract with The Voice to accompany contestants on national television.
Beau's own song "Leave your light on" went to number 3 on iTunes, made high rotation on triple J Unearthed and 4ZZZ, and was played nationwide through Coles Supermarkets.
Songs from her 2014 EP received glowing reviews on both The AU Review and Triple J and were featured on Network Ten's Toasted TV, while her music clips were played on Channel V and Country Music Channel.
Playing Mary Magdalene has special significance for Emma.
"Jon (English) became a mentor and great personal friend," she said.
"He really made his name as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and always encouraged me to try new musical genres, often suggesting that I try my hand at stage musicals.
"Being chosen for a new, vibrant production of this show seems like a total vindication of Jon's advice."
For those who would like to see Jesus Christ Superstar, tickets are available through The Events Centre website: http://theeventscentre.com.au/product/buy-now-jesus-christ-superstar/ or directly at the ticket booth.