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Eurobeat - The Pride of Europe

Music Theatre International, Australasia has announced the release for licensing of the musical Eurobeat - The Pride of Europe.

Stuart Hendricks, Managing Director of Music Theatre International, Australasia, said that "Eurobeat - The Pride of Europe is not just a musical; it's a celebration of diversity and the joyous expressions of individuality witnessed at the Eurovision Song Contest.”

The show is performed with backing tracks, making it accessible for groups of all sizes.

The audience actively participates in the show by voting for their favourite performance. Votes are tallied, and in true Eurovision-style, the audience are guided through 'live' crosses to each country, leading to the declaration of a winner.

MTIA interviewed the composer Craig Christie.

What is your favourite part of the writing process?

I find creating a clever rhyme very satisfying. I’m a real stickler for proper rhymes in my lyrics, and when you can find the right words to match a particular melodic hook you have created, there’s a real feeling of achievement.

When did the idea of Eurobeat first come about?

It was in November 2003 that the original show was put together with songs by myself and Andrew Patterson in a riotous, chaotic co-op staged at Chapel Off Chapel under the title Eurovision - the Musical (which we had to change for copyright reasons).

So what's the idea behind this new version of Eurobeat?

The new version of Eurobeat, apart from reflecting some of the recent trends and ideas of the actual competition, was created to celebrate diversity. It was suggested to me by a colleague in London who wanted to put together a Eurobeat-style show using existing songs for a pub venue popular with the LGBTQI community.

What does our theatre community have to look forward to in this new version of the show?

Over-the-top songs, the opportunity for hilarious interpretations of the numbers and cultural stereotypes, and of course, the audience voting for the winner at every performance. Eurobeat - The Pride of Europe also introduces some characters that fans of Eurovision will recognize – the straight-faced officials, the confusing cultural references and characters - and provides the opportunity for every production to put its own stamp on how each entry is interpreted and presented.

Out of all the songs that you've written for the various versions of this show, do you have any standout favourite(s)?

I must say I was really happy to use the song The World Is My Dance Floor in this new Eurobeat. I wrote this song about thirty years ago as an homage to one of my favourite disco tracks from the '70s, From New York To LA.

For more information and licensing inquiries, please visit MTI Australasia's Eurobeat: The Pride of Europe page.


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Writer Judith Prior explains how she has adapted her plays for the times.

Writing comedy today is quite a challenge. Many of the jokes we laughed at twenty years ago would be considered cringeworthy today.

Some of you may be familiar with my very popular theatre restaurant scripts, available through David Spicer Productions. These were all written many years ago with adult audiences in mind, and, as expected, many of the jokes are quite risqué.

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Photo Wild Bill from The Cowboy Show