We express our care for someone in many ways. This evening I witnessed friendship expressed in the gift of food.
I first met Mike’s friend Lenny Lim when he worked at Kobe Jones restaurant in Sydney in 2007. This time we booked dinner at Sokyo Japanese restaurant, where Lenny is sous-chef in the sushi section. Mike and Lennie chatted happily and recalled how they first met some ten years ago in Canberra. Then Lenny told us to relax, there was no need to order, he would take care of the food. Read more
I would like to say a little bit about June Gemmell. She’s the musical director of Dusty The Original Pop Diva. June took me on in 2013, as the pianist for Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, a musical based around the songs of Neil Sedaka.
June is bossy, precise, and quite magnificent. She can say all sorts of things to the singers (which I would have trouble saying) without offending anyone.
The backing vocalists ran through their parts in Son Of A Preacher Man, from the album Dusty in Memphis. It was a hit for Dusty Springfield in the U.S., and UK in 1969, and a defining moment for the singer from North London.
We are about half-way through the rehearsals for the musical Dusty, the Original Pop Diva, which will run for 3 weeks in November at the Sunnybank Theatre. Most of Act 1 is now complete, we’ve gotten a lot of the big numbers down now, like My Generation and Dancing In The Street, which involve the entire cast and a lot of choreography and harmony. It’s a big workout!