Josh Piterman in Intimate Concert Tour
The last twelve months have seen Josh Piterman wrap up the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the role of Gerry Goffin; the release of his debut self-titled pop-opera album (Fanfare & Sony Music) which reached number one on both the ARIA and iTunes Charts (Classical/Crossover); and most recently his performance of Nessun Dorma at this years’ Australia Day Live Concert at the Sydney Opera House. Now in June 2019, Josh is taking his music to stages across the country.
Josh commences the tour in Sydney at the Eternity Playhouse on 8 June; he then performs in Brisbane at QPAC Cremorne Theatre on Thursday 20 June; and brings it to his hometown of Melbourne at the Alex Theatre, St Kilda on Saturday 22 June.
Josh kicked off his career performing with the International vocal group The Ten Tenors and then made his mark as Tony in the 2010 tour of West Side Story. Piterman’s musical theatre credits include playing Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger in the 2016 season of Cats, a role that won him the Green RoomAward for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical; Edward in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers; Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray; The Caliph in Kismet for The Production Company. Josh also played Giuseppe in the Light in The Piazza, Jamie in The Last 5 Years and most recently starred as lead male role, Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical which he received a Green Room nomination for best Actor in a Musical. Josh will also play Tateh in Ragtime for The Production Company later this year.
This live and intimate show featuring band and string trio led by Jack Earle (Evita & Dream Lover), includes songs from the album such as “Burn for You” (John Farnham), “Unchained Melody” (Righteous Brothers), “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak), “Creep“(Radio Head), “Iris” (Goo Goo Dolls) and “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen) as well as crossover classics such as “The Prayer”, “Music of the Night” and “Time to Say Goodbye”.
Josh Piterman says “I’m beyond excited. I’ve been working on this show since the album was released. The music has such an epic and romantic nature about it that was always meant to be heard live on stage. This is music that makes you feel, and I cannot wait to share it with audiences across Australia.”
What can audiences expect of Josh’s tour?
“It is my first tour and I’m really excited about that,” says Josh. “The little boy in me wants to scream with joy! Lol! I’ve always seen the album as an opportunity for a live show and can’t wait to sink my teeth into that and share the show with audiences in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. I think what’s really different about this show is that any ideas around what a classical show should be is going to be flipped on its head. This is classical music yes, but this is not a classical show. There is no pretence, no sense of superiority, no formality and nothing intensely high brow. I’ve always said I’m a normal guy and I want this music to feel normal to all people too. Totally accessible as if you’re just coming over to my place and heading into the lounge room for an intimate evening of great music and fun chats. It’s also an opportunity to be up on stage without playing a character in a musical, so I can just be me and enjoy that too.”
What inspired Josh’s different take on the classical crossover genre?
“It is definitely different. I’m not sure how many other artists have put John Farnham, Christina Aguilera or Radiohead through the classical crossover filter. So I think that is really unique. To be honest, I just love a lot of 90s pop and rock bangers and I love singing in a classical style. So blending the too felt really authentic to me. In saying that though there will be some classical crossover favourites like “The Prayer” and “Time To Say Goodbye” in there as well, so a bit of something for the traditionalists too.”
Are there any surprises during the show that Josh is prepared to give away?
“Oooooh they wouldn’t be surprises if I divulged them but I can say that there will be some very special guest artists who will join me on stage for a couple of duets in each city so I’m very much looking forward to announcing them.”
Saturday 8 June, 8pm
Thursday 20 June, 8pm
QPAC, Cremorne Theatre
Saturday 22 June, 2pm & 8pm
Alex Theatre, St Kilda
Full tour information is also available on joshpiterman.com.au