Reg Livermore has received three lifetime achievement awards in the last three years - he hopes they aren't trying to tell him something. Now on the eve of his eightieth birthday, one of Australia's most acclaimed stage actors looks back on some of the relationships, triumphs and tragedies that have defined both the person and performer he has become.
Reg revolutionised the Australian theatre industry in a pair of high-heels in the original Rocky Horror Show production; he's sung with Julie Andrews, watched the curtain call from backstage at the Covent Garden opera, and starred in Wicked and The Producers. But he's lived a full and fascinating life bigger than any stage. He grew up in conservative 1950's Sydney, when boys who danced or acted were 'not like other boys'. He's had a restaurant - and relationship - with a volatile French chef in rural New South Wales, experienced an epiphany on an Italian mountainside, and felt the unrivalled heartbreak of watching a parent decline.
Beautifully told with a gently wicked humour, this thoughtful, poignant memoir depicts a life lived under lights, and something else altogether: a life that is universal.
The long awaited release on DVD of Reg Livermore's Betty Blokk Buster Follies!
In April 1975 Reg Livermore stormed the stage of Sydney's Balmain Bijou Theatre with his groundbreaking show Betty Blokk Buster Follies. A tour de force, an irrestible blend of music and comedy, the show caught the imagination of audiences all round Australia filling theatres wherever it played. This record of the show was released in cinemas during 1976 and is at last available DVD!
Songs include Family Of Man, Hello In There, Captain Jack, What Makes A Man A Man, The Entertainer and Celluloid Heroes, with well known characters, Betty Blokk Buster, Tara the Incredible, The Old Man and Vasaline Amyl Nitrate.
The original Sydney season of Betty Blokk Buster Follies in 1975 lead to the release of a vinyl double album which was a chart topper for many months, it received 2 gold records and then a platinum. It was a must have album of its time.
It has now been reproduced on CD. Songs include Family Of Man, Hello In There, Captain Jack, What Makes A Man A Man, Is That All There Is, Walk On The Wildside, Train, Travelling Prayer, Ticking, The Entertainer and Celluloid Heroes amoung many more.
Original Australian Cast Recording
Its peculiar brand of gothic camp made the Rocky Horror Show an international hit, both on stage and screen. This is the Australian cast recording of an early-70s production featuring Reg Livermore, Kate Fitzpatrick, Graham Mattes, Maureen Elkner, Sal Sharah and many more, and features the RHS standards in all their glory – from Sweet Transvestite and Time Warp to Touch A Touch Me and Planet Schmanet Janet.