Welcome to 2015!

Hi folks and welcome to Plainsong Studios for 2015.

It’s going to be a big year, now that my studio has refocused its aims to better reflect increasing demand for lessons in preparation for auditions for the QLD Con Musical Theatre program, where most of my work is now based.

Times are nearly full, with some students naturally moving on, some attaining a place in the QLD Con MT programs, and my times being further curtailed due to a burgeoning professional cohort of singers all wanting lessons! There is only one lesson slot available in 2015 at 3pm on Wednesdays.

In great news, the reports for my PhD came back. Both were very positive and I will be awarded my Doctorate at a UQ Graduation ceremony sometime in late July.

In other news, plans for our home-based studio are frustratingly still not yet underway, but I’ve decided to seek alternative space in Woolloongabba or Southbank and I should hear news of this change in accommodation shortly. Stay tuned.

Recently I went to NYC and saw a bunch of Broadway shows including Pippin, Kinky Boots, and If/Then. The one that really stood out was the first Broadway preview of a new show called Honeymoon in Vegas, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Based on the 1992 movie by Andrew Bergman who also wrote the book, it tells the story of Jack, a hapless young man who is afraid to marry his beautiful girl Betsy, because his late Jewish mother made him promise never to marry. They decide to get married in Vegas anyway, but on arrival Jack loses a significant sum of money to a shadowy mafia-type fellow, who has fallen in love with Betsy. Betsy is so upset by Jack’s shenanigans she agrees to a weekend in Hawaii with this shady but good natured widower, who sees in Betsy the spitting image of his dead wife. After some hilarious scenes in Hawaii including sky-diving Elvis impersonators and a scene-stealing turn from a Vegas showman, all ends well and Jack gets the girl. A brilliant piece of work with Tony Danza as the star vehicle and the songs are fabulous! I hope it does well – it deserves to. I can’t wait to get my hands on the score.

I’ve bought a couple more scores, including The Bridges of Madison County, If/Then, and Kinky Boots. All have something good to offer the young singer.

Have a great year everyone and see you in a few weeks!

About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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