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STEVIE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF STEVIE WRIGHT AND THE EASYBEATS

Scott McCrae in 'Stevie'

Coming to Sydney is the ‘rockumentary’ – Stevie: The Life and Music of Stevie Wright and The Easybeats.

Stevie was a superstar by the age of 16 and along with iconic 60’s band The Easybeats achieved international success, they were regarded as Australia’s equivalent to The Beatles.

Scott McRae stars as Stevie Wright the front man of the band, who went from highs to devastating lows.

“I remember the first time I saw Stevie perform as a teenager – his energy blew me away and the connection he had with the audience was incredible,” explains McRae.

“Decades later when I met him he was far removed from that fit guy I saw perform – what happened to him? I realised a story had to be told.”

The story transpires as a band plays 18 of The Easybeats’ most popular songs, including Evie and She’s So Fine, effectively intertwining acting, a big screen with old clips and current-day stories from celebrities who knew him.

A powerful message is conveyed about drugs and alcohol too.

“You can see what drugs have done to Stevie – parents should bring their children. It’s educational stressing the badness of drugs, but it’s not face-slapping,” continues McRae.

“This is an explosive and insightful rock’n’roll rollercoaster ride from the 60s to the 80s that will have audiences singing and dancing – and Stevie Wright may make an appearance!” (MM)

Aug 31, Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Road, Enmore, $64.90, (02) 9550 3666, enmoretheatre.com.au

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