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Doug Parkinson – “Dear Prudence The 50th Anniversary Tour”
Australia’s greatest soul voice Doug Parkinson celebrates 50 years of performing excellence with a new show Dear Prudence The 50th Anniversary Tour.
Hard to believe this multi award winning artist of soul and rock and box office hit musicals began his stellar career thrown into the musical deep end, only to emerge decades later as a household name, respected and admired by audiences and peers alike.
Doug Parkinson is highly regarded as a ’singer’s singer’, an artist capable of interpreting many genres of popular music. From smoky ballads to hard driving rock and all points in between, Doug Parkinson has it all covered and is considered one of Australia’s leading showmen and entertainers. ’A Rolled Gold Superstar’ to quote The Australian newspaper.
After two Sold Out Australian National Tours – “Dear Prudence The 50th Anniversary Tour” revisits the roller coaster ride that has been Doug Parkinson’s remarkable journey, punctuated by both happy and not so happy events that have shaped Parkinson the man, a survivor in a business notorious for its uncompromising demands both personal and professional.
The repertoire includes interpretations of hits from such legendary artists as Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Michael McDonald, The Beatles and The Great American Song Book, just to name a few.
A highlight of this exciting new show is Doug Parkinson’s unique renditions of his own hit records The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, Without You, I’ll Be Around, and The Hungry Years.
But wait there’s more, as they say in the classics.
It’s also the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ White Album, considered universally as a masterpiece and the source of Doug Parkinson’s greatest recording triumph, the iconic and masterful Dear Prudence.
“I will be paying all due respect to the White Album, one of the greatest recordings in pop history, created by the greatest band in pop history. It is so exciting for me to revisit this amazing album and to present it live on stage. It will bring back memories of such a happy time for me as it will for audiences I’m sure.
“I will be putting my own stamp on it (as I did with Dear Prudence) and I truly believe the music has remained fresh and vital even to this day. I will be accompanied by eight of Australia’s most admired musicians and vocalists. It’s a big sound for a big show.”
Asked to describe “Dear Prudence The 50th Anniversary Tour”, Doug Parkinson describes it as a symphonic tour de force. “My life, my music.”
SPECIAL GUEST COLLEEN HEWETT JUST ANNOUNCED!
Colleen Hewett ticks all the boxes: Stage Musicals, Television Drama, Film, Recording and Concerts.
Colleen began singing and acting at just six after she watched television for the first time and immediately knew she wanted to be part of it. At 12, she gave her debut public performance with The Esquires, and as a teenager, she toured Australia with the Laurie Allen Revue. By 20, she was a star.
Colleen released her first single, “Superstar,” along with her self-titled album in 1970. Her next smash hit, “Day by Day,” reached gold record status. She was crowned Queen of Pop two years running.
In the early 1970s, Colleen took a shine to theatre, starring in the smash hit musical Godspell (1971) and then Pippin (1973) with John Farnham. Her musical and theatrical success continued into the 80s with two more gold records, “Dreaming My Dreams With You” (1981) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1983) as well as a role in the iconic rock opera, Tommy with its all-star cast.
Colleen also took her talents to the small screen and acted in loved TV dramas including Prisoner, Flying Doctors and Truckies. Many of them were released worldwide taking the Aussie girl to the International stage. It was while she was filming Truckies that Colleen fell pregnant with her first child, and the pregnancy was written into the script.
She waited for the right offer to return to the stage, and chose The Boy from Oz. Colleen starred alongside Hugh Jackman and received standing ovations around Australia. Offers kept rolling in and Colleen played Johnny O’Keefe’s mother in Shout!, appeared in the hit musical Chicago and acted in her first feature film The Cup (2011).
In 2014, in addition to releasing her first EP, Colleen took part in the Go Show tour. Colleen said the tour felt as though she had come full circle. “Now I will be appearing around Australia at corporate speaking engagements and doing live shows as well—there is no time to slow down.”
For the remainder of 2014, and into 2015, Colleen worked on releasing her new album, “Black & White”. Colleen exercised full creative control and included blues from her childhood and songs about her heritage.
In early 2015, Colleen was proud to be announced as Ambassador for the Rotary initiative Violence Free Families. To help raise awareness for the initiative, “Shut Up And Let Me Breathe,” a track from the album, is now a film clip, staring people from all walks of life including some of Australia’s best-known faces giving their commitment to the cause.
In mid-2015, Colleen performed for the first time at the Byron Bay Blues Festival. She was thrilled to make a special guest appearance in Godspell, Reimagined, to rave reviews in 2016. “But it was Hewett, wearing a simple white robe, who stole the show, held us in the palm of her hand during Day By Day and got us on our feet as we cheered and thanked the Lord for her professionalism and God-sent voice.” Kate Herbert, Herald Sun.
Colleen is really enjoying appearing with her band and she says, “Doing what you love makes it all worthwhile.”