A stage adaptation of Rick Springfield’s compelling memoir to make world premiere in Geelong

A stage adaptation of Rick Springfield’s compelling memoir to make world premiere in Geelong

'Late, Late At Night' is a new stage adaptation of Rick Springfield’s compelling and searing memoir, the New York Times best-seller.

The Potato Shed is the exclusive Bellarine venue for the world premiere of Late, Late at Night, a stage adaptation of Rick Springfield’s compelling memoir written by Melbourne-based playwright Kieran Carroll.

The premiere will go ahead in Drysdale on Saturday, May 7 as part of the City of Greater Geelong Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival.

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The two act, musical play performed by acclaimed Sydney singer-actor, Jackson Carroll, is based on the New York Times best-selling autobiography, Late, Late at Night. Self-penned, the memoir is written (except for the opening chapter) in chronological form from the 1950s through to 2010 tracing Springfield’s Australian and British childhood, his early music days in Australia including as guitarist for legendary Australian band Zoot (alongside Beeb Birtles of Little River Band fame and Daryl Cotton), his rollercoaster ride in 1970s America and the huge pop and acting successes of the 1980s, with massive hits including Speak to the Sky and Jesse’s Girl and as Dr Noah Drake in the legendary daytime US drama General Hospital.

Springfield’s spectacular highs were tragically followed by a fall from grace, battling life-long mental health issues, with redemption through writing his searingly honest autobiography.

Late, Late at Night is the story of a suburban boy whose journey to fame and fortune came with enormous personal costs, giving you a ring-side seat and intimate touch with a life dedicated to the artists’ muse.

Directed by Robert Johnson and adapted with permission, Carroll takes the meat of the autobiography as the impetus for his new piece. The playwright drives its powerful narrative with a solid handful of Springfield’s pop hits and soulful ballads as well.

Catch it at the Potato Shed on Saturday, May 7 from 8pm. Book here