The Story
The Boy From Oz
Music & Lyrics
PETER ALLEN

Book
NICK ENRIGHT

Additional Music
BURT BACHARACH, JEFF BARRY, MICHAEL CALLAN, CHRISTOPHER CROSS, DAVID FOSTER, TOM KEANE, MARSHA MALAMET

Additional Lyrics
ADRIENNE ANDERSON, MARIE COWAN, A.B. "BANJO" PATERSON, DEAN PITCHFORD
The Boy From Oz is the most successful musical ever to come out of Australia about the late singer-songwriter from Down Under, Peter Allen, who died in 1992 of complications from AIDS. Allen went from a dancer and lounge singer who caught the eye of singing legend Judy Garland when he was appearing at the Hong Kong Hilton in 1964 - later marrying her daughter, Liza Minnelli - to the biggest selling artist at Radio City Music Hall in the late 1970's.

PHOTOS
2003 Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Hugh Jackman of the original 2003 Broadway production in a performance of 'Not the Boy Next Door' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
Best That You Can Do
Hugh Jackman & Stephanie J. Block
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

The show begins with Peter in concert (THE LIVES OF ME). He takes us back to his childhood in 1950s Tenterfield, Australia, where as a young boy names Peter Woolnough, he sang in local pubs (WHEN I GET MY NAME IN LIGHTS).

In the 1960s, Peter got together with Chris Bell and formed an act called the Allen Brothers. They perform one of their songs (LOVE CRAZY) on Australian bandstand. Although they have some success in Australia, it isn't long before they're playing at the Hilton in Hong Kong to Chinese businessmen. But one evening, someone else is in the hotel bar - the legendary Judy Garland. Peter convinces her to sing with them (ALL I WANTED WAS THE DREAM), and they all hit the town after the performance. Judy sees something special in Peter, and agrees to make the Allen brothers her opening act back in New York (ONLY AN OLDER WOMAN).

Being in New York is all that Peter ever dreamed of. He's also introduced to Judy's daughter, Liza, and there's an immediate attraction (BEST THAT YOU CAN DO). Judy is afraid of Liza being hurt (DON'T WISH TOO HARD), but she and Peter are too much in love (COME SAVE ME).

At Peter and Liza's apartment, Liza walks in on one of Peter's all night parties (CONTINENTAL AMERICAN). Although they are in love, their lifestyles are very different, causing some tension. In contrast to Peter's excesses, Liza is working very hard (SHE LOVES TO HEAR THE MUSIC). Her world comes crumbling down when her mother passes away (QUIET PLEASE, THERE'S A LADY ON STAGE).

It's also the end for Peter and Liza's marriage (I'D RATHER LEAVE WHILE I'M IN LOVE). Peter returns to Australia to visit his mother, but finds that you really can't go home again (NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR).


ACT TWO

Back in the U.S., Peter has gone solo, and performs his new act (BI-COASTAL). He also has a new love in his life, a hard-working and down-to-earth man named Greg Connell. Greg has a tough time understanding Peter's world, and worries that he can't fit in there without losing himself (IF YOU WERE WONDERING).

The highlights in Peter's career keep coming as he wins an Oscar for song-writing and performs at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes (EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN). He is surprised to learn that his mother is also in love, but along with her happiness comes tragedy for Peter. Greg is sick, and tries to push Peter away, but he is selfless for once and stays with him to the end (LOVE DON'T NEED A REASON).

Peter also begins to suffer from AIDS. Greg's spirit is with him (I HONESTLY LOVE YOU), and Liza gives her support as well (YOU AND ME). Peter returns to Australia for a triumphant concert in Sydney (I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME), and tries to tell his mother about his illness, but can't find the words (DON'T CRY OUT LOUD). Eventually, he succumbs to the disease, but not before going out in style with a big production number (ONCE BEFORE I GO / I GO TO RIO).

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer BEN GANNON, ROBERT FOX
Direction PHILIP WILLIAM McKINLEY
Choreography JOEY McKNEELY
Orchestrations MICHAEL GIBSON
Musical Director PATRICK VACCARIELLO
Scenic Design ROBIN WAGNER
Costume Design WILLIAM IVEY LONG
Lighting Design DONAL HOLDER
Sound Design ACME SOUND PARTNERS
Cast
Peter Allen HUGH JACKMAN
Liza Minnelli STEPHANIE J. BLOCK
Judy Garland ISABEL KEATING
Marion Woolnough BETH FOWLER
Dick Woolnough MICHAEL MULHEREN
Greg Connell JARROD EMICK
Chris Bell TIMOTHY A. FITZ-GERALD
Young Peter MITCHEL DAVID FEDERAN
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

The Lives of MePeter
When I Get my Name in LightsYoung Peter and Ensemble
When I Get my Name in Lights (Reprise)Peter
Love CrazyAnnouncer, Chris, Peter and Ensemble
All I Wanted was the DreamJudy
Only an Older WomanJudy, Peter, Chris and Mark
Best That You Can DoPeter and Liza
Don't Wish Too HardJudy
Come Save MeLiza and Peter
Continental AmericanPeter, Trick, Girl and Ensemble
She Loves to Hear the MusicLiza
Quiet Please, There's a Lady On StagePeter, Judy and Ensemble
I'd Rather Leave While I'm in LoveLiza and Peter
Not the Boy Next DoorPeter and Trio


ACT TWO

Bi-CoastalPeter and Trio
If You Were WanderingPeter and Greg
Everything Old is New AgainPeter and Ensemble
Everything Old is New Again (Reprise)Marion, Dee and Greg
Love Don't Need a ReasonPeter and Greg
I Honestly Love YouGreg
You and MeLiza and Peter
I Still Call Australia HomePeter, Trio and Ensemble
Don't Cry Out LoudMarion
Once Before I GoPeter
Finale: I Go to RioPeter and Company

Kiss Of The Spider Woman
Spring Awakening
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

2003 Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Hugh Jackman of the original 2003 Broadway production in a performance of 'Not the Boy Next Door' at the Tony Awards.

Best That You Can Do Hugh Jackman & Stephanie J. Block Original Broadway Cast Recording
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