The Sarah Vaughan Story
Art Events Australia present it’s third production “Devine”
The Sarah Vaughan story. Starring Green Room nominated actress Fem Belling. MD, Director and piano by multi award winning Warren Wills. The story follows Sarah’s rise to stardom
and singing immortality. Tracing her early beginnings singing with Ella Fitzgerald, to her recordings with Mercury Records.
Singing tunes such as “Broken Hearted Melody”, Whatever Lola Wants” "Get On Board The A Train" to "Lullaby of Birdland". From a religious up bringing to her rise to stardom, this play tells the story of someone who never looked back. She sang for Presidents, and danced with one! Her nicknames were Sassy, because she was brazen, and "The Divine One" in honour of her singing. Both names come together in explaining who Sarah Vaughan was and a tribute to her.
“Once Fem walks onto the stage you
are under her spell.” - The Age
Starring FEM BELLING
By Award Winning Playwright: Neil Cole
Director/MD Warren Wills
CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL
DECEMBER 3RD - 19TH 2014
“Belling is an exceptional talent with a compelling and charming presence and a versatile, powerful voice”
“We were treated to Belling’s prodigious vocal control –
truly a chill-inducing performance”
Fem Belling- Sarah Vaughan.
Fem Belling has exploded onto the Melbourne Jazz scene and is emerging as one of Australia's formidable and exciting new jazz performers. Her African Jazz and theatre roots augment her unique musicality, choices and interpretations.
Born to an artistic family and hailing from South Africa, Fem grew up with performance in her blood! Making her theatre debut at 19 days old. A National Theatre Ballet School Graduate, Fem traded her tutu, pointe-shoes & tights for jazz-hands, tap shoes & spot lights!
No stranger to the stage, Fem was a leading lady of London’s West End for 5 years. She performed for Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Show. Her roles include shows: HAIRSPRAY, FAME, CATS, JOSEPH & HIS…, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, & Liza Minnelli opposite Todd McKenney in THE BOY FROM OZ.
Acclaimed for her self- written musical homage to jazz chanteuse Blossom Dearie in the Melbourne International Jazz Festival & Melbourne Cabaret Festival she was nominated as Best Leading Actress in a Musical for the Green Room Awards Genesis to Broadway.Fem has performed along side John Foreman, Joe Ruberto, Paul Williamson, The DMJO, Gil Askey, TPOAO (ARIA nomination), The Syncopators, Gregory Porter, Reggie Watts and at Ronnie Scotts (Ldn), Bennetts Lane, WOMADelaide, Noosa Jazz Fest, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz, Joy of Jazz SA.
Her album FAMILY is available on iTunes.
Fem is a Yamaha artist and plays the amazing 5 string electric Silent violin.
“We were treated to Belling’s prodigious vocal control – truly a chill-inducing
performance” - Artshub
“Belling is an exceptional talent with a compelling and charming presence and a versatile,
powerful voice” - the Herald Sun
“I believe a new musical star was born on stage last night” – SA Tonight
“Bloody Brilliant – incredible” – Robbie Williams
“Some people in the packed theatre who remembered the childhood difficulty of choosing between multi-coloured boiled lollies in a sweet shop. As one of them, I can confirm that listening to Belling was akin to having all the beloved treats at once” – aussie theatre
Warren Wills Director - MD / Pianist.
Multi award-winning Australian born composer/MD/pianist, currently has four pieces in development on Broadway, including the West End hit, Olivier nominated, 'Simply Heavenly,' the critically acclaimed 'Genesis to Broadway' in Melbourne, and the world première of the 'Happy Hooker' based on the true life story of Xaviera Hollander. He has composed for the RSC, Woody Allen, Prestige Records, written 8 operas for Babel theatre in London, including the Pinmoney Opera, for which he won the Carling London Best Musical Award. He has MD’d and composed for Sheila Ferguson, Pamela Anderson, Ilham al Madfai, and has 25 albums out worldwide for Prestige Records on iTunes.
“Warren Wills, who is the most amazing piano player I have ever heard!.”
- Edinburgh Arts Festival 2011
Neil Cole - Playwright.
PLAYWRIGHT Neil Cole has had seventeen plays produced in Melbourne, Sydney
and Brisbane and Chicago including 'Alive at Williamstown Pier;' 'A Policewoman’s
Absurdity; 'Billy Possible;' 'Dr Cade,' 'The Campaign,' 'Personality Games'
which he co-wrote with Prof. Gordon Parker from the Black Dog Institute in Sydney,
and 'The Trial of Adolf Eichmann' and more recently 'Every Grain of Sand'
and 'Nina Simone Black Diva Power'. He has won the new writing for theatre
in 1999 and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premiers Literary Award in 2001.
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