‘Millsy’ presents his own cabaret show
Audiences will be charmed by the irrepressible Rob Mills when he reveals his journey from Australian Idol contestant to acclaimed triple threat with his very first cabaret, Rob Mills is… Surprisingly Good.
The show will play Mackay (12 June), Brisbane Powerhouse (14 June), Sydney Hayes Theatre (23-24 June), Melbourne Cabaret Festival at The Alex Theatre (25-27 June) and at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival (23 July).
Rob’s Surprisingly Good show features an eclectic array of hits from Taylor Swift to Gavin DeGraw plus show tunes from several of the musicals in which he has appeared, including Legally Blonde and Wicked.
Describing the production as “part comedy, with the feel of a late night talk show and a smashing band”, Mills said he is influenced by Adam Hills, Robbie Williams, John Farnham and Michael Bublé. He also commented that the show is a chance to show some other sides of himself.
“My career started from a massive reality TV program so, for me the show is about what I’m perceived as. For years the quotes in the papers were always that I was ‘surprisingly good’. I’m not sure why this is so surprising and so consistently so! But it’s funny and allows me to send myself up in new ways.
“I’m super nervous and excited at the same time, but I feel disgustingly lucky to have reached a point in my career where I feel I’ve earned the right to have a voice and crack a joke or two. And of course … sing! SO. MANY. GOOD. SONGS!
“Ultimately is about being myself on stage and sharing who I am. I love story tellers, I have always wanted to be one. Now’s my chance. What’s scary is that it’s my story.”
After making it into the top five finalists of Australian Idol (season one), Mills has gone on to have a successful career in TV and stage productions. He won the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in Wicked and has since starred in a number of popular large-scale musical theatre productions including Legally Blonde and Grease. His television credits include The Mint, Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Apprentice and hosting Network Ten’s revamped Young Talent Time.
Director Tyran Parke
Musical Director and Arrangements Andrew Worboys