Seriously: Pet Shop Boys Reinterpreted starring Maria Mercedes, Tania Doko, Paul Ross and Anthony Costanzo

Maria Mercedes

Maria is one of the leading ladies of Australian theatre, whose dynamic vocals and arresting presence are matched only by her exhaustive body of work including The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Nine, Chess, Forbidden Broadway, The World Goes Round, Sunset Boulevard, Chicago, Zorba The Greek, Fame The Musical, Gypsy and The Vagina Monologues. Recognised for her passionate performances, Maria's talents have been recognised by a MO Award and nominations from both the Green Room Awards and the Sydney Theatre Critics. Her film work includes her compelling work in the acclaimed films Dreams for Life (2005) and Head On (1998) and lead roles in major Australian television productions including Neighbours, Greeks on the Roof, Prisoner, Whipping Boy, and Inside Running. Maria is also in demand as a vocalist on the variety circuit with a string of performances on every iconic television variety programme including Good Morning Australia, Midday with Ray Martin, The Don Lane Show, The Mike Walsh Show and Hey Hey It's Saturday.

Tania Doko

As one half of Bachelor Girl, Tania Doko enjoyed much success through the decade long journey with James Roche. It was 1998 when Bachelor Girl's debut single Buses & Trains leapt onto the Australian music charts and since that time they became one of the country's leading live and recording acts. The song-writing chemistry between Tania and James was explosive and their double platinum selling debut, Waiting For The Day won them the 1998 ARIA for Best Producer and put them on the unstoppable trajectory towards their second album, Dysfunctional (2002) which features hits including Just a Girl, Drowning Not Waving and Rollercoaster. With 4 ARIA Award nominations in 1999 and the APRA Award for Song of The Year (Buses & Trains), Bachelor Girl rode high on the airwaves and the charts as their debut release spawned 5 smash hit singles including Buses and Trains, Treat Me Good and the anthemic Australian classic Permission To Shine. Following this amazing success, Tania was invited to perform a lead role in SEL's Tim Rice Music Spectacular (2001) as well as a judge/mentor role on Channel 7's Popstars. Tania is currently writing and recording her debut solo album for domestic and potential international release.

Paul Ross

Recognised for his natural and strong performances, Paul has worked extensively and successfully in most facets of the entertainment industry, both in Australia and internationally. His stage credits include the Original Australian Cast of the recent World Premiere of Sideshow Alley – The Musical; The Pajama Game; Goin’ Home (Boyfriends From Hell!); the Australian, New Zealand and Asia tour of Mamma Mia!; Midsumma’s smash hit musical I Should Be So Lucky; Vincent – An A’ Capella Opera; Crusade – The Concert; Cameron Mackintosh’s International Tour of Les Misérables; and Young Stars at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre; as well as the Australian workshop of King Of The World and the showcase of Premature Ejaculation – The Musical. Paul appeared as a guest vocalist in the 2006 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in the Mandy Patinkin Masterclass performing an excerpt from Seriously. Pet Shop Boys: Reinterpreted. Other cabaret credits include Show Yourself!; David W Young’s Songs For The Theatre; and Anthony Crowley’s An After Dinner Treat. Television credits include guest roles on major Australian productions from Neighbours, Blue Heelers and Stingers, with appearances on The AFL Footy Show, Today and The Denise Show. While films credits include Bleeding Hearts, Working It Out, Maelstrom, Know That He Cries, Courting Disaster and Air Play. Paul is currently performing with the newly formed vocal group La Forza.

Anthony Costanzo

With an extensive background in Classical and Contemporary Piano, Anthony commenced training at Monash University in 1998. The same year, Anthony's National and International professional career began playing Danny in the Melbourne Moomba production of Grease. In 2001 How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Mack & Mabel marked his debut with The Production Company and also appeared in The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber Masterpiece starring Elaine Paige. In 2002, Anthony performed the title role in Pinocchio, Hair and the role of Toby in the Australian Premiere of The Witches Of Eastwick. In 2003, Anthony traveled as Resident Vocal Director and Lead Vocalist for Royal Caribbean International USA, joined the World Tour of Cats and most recently We Will Rock You in Japan. Anthony began composing Pop and Musical Theatre repertoire in 1995, composing the winning song for the International Year Of Tolerance, followed by another three winning entries for the ASA National Songwriting Contest in 1998, 2000 and 2003. He was commissioned to rewrite Music and Lyrics for the Australian Touring Production of The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe and again collaborated with MaryAnne McCormack to write Boxed-In, produced by the Victorian College Of The Arts in 2004.

Michael Howard Smith

Michael’s career in entertainment began in The Sydney University Band Competition. After graduating with a BSc in Physiology and Anatomy (an essential pre-requisite for all singer/actors) he joined Martin Shaw in the cast of Are You Lonesome Tonight? as Young Elvis, for its Australian Tour. After winning an Ausmusic Award for Singer/Songwriter Original Material in 1991, Michael played the role of Ritchie Valens in Buddy, Middle Elvis in Elvis The Musical and the roles of Eddy and Dr Scott in the Australian and Asian Tours of The New Rocky Horror Show. The return of Buddy saw Michael playing the title role for tours of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and eventually Germany. Last year Michael played the roles of Boone in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s West End production of Whistle Down The Wind and Frank Sinatra in the UK mega-arena tour of Christmas Crooners. He performed and MCed for Amnesty International’s Outdoor Concert, London. TV credits include Scott of The Antarctic for the BBC, Vox Pops for Beyond Productions Australia and many a song on various Australian TV chat shows.

Dean Lotherington (Piano)

Dean has composed the musical POP with Rod Davies and is currently writing Forte, an "orchestral" drama. He orchestrated and arranged the score for Garry Ginivan's critically acclaimed Pinocchio at the Melbourne Concert Hall in January 2002. In collaboration with lyricist Martin Croft, Dean composed the musical Joe Starts Again; winner of the 2004 Green Room Award (original book/lyrics/music). Joe was subsequently invited to be part of the inaugural New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2004. Dean was in the Original Australian Casts of Les Miserables, Chess, The Hunting Of The Snark, Jesus Christ Superstar-The Concert along with performances in Piano Men, Always Patsy Cline & The Juliet Letters. As Musical Director and accompanist, he has collaborated with such luminaries as Julian Clary, Jodie Gillies, Paul Capsis, Robyn Arthur, Michael Cormick and Wendy Stapleton. Dean co-hosted The Famous Piano Bar for two years at Chapel Off Chapel.

All I want is what you want

I'm always waiting for a red letter day

For something special, somehow new

Someone saying
"I love you"

Midsumma Festival Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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