posted on July 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

a few weeks back
i got offered a part in a new musical playing at sydney fringe festival
its called “van park” n its written by greg appel
greg was a member of the lighthouse keepers
who had an amazing indy hit with a song called gargoyle
back in the early eighties
gargoyle was a song i wished i’d written myself
russells band the crystal set did a version on one of their records
so i pricked up my ears
when i got offered this part
the part of nebauchenezzar
a mysterious ex rockstar who now lives in a caravan park
down the coast of new south wales
appearing also in the musical is john paul young
the famous aust singer who sang love is in the air
among others
he plays another ex rocker type a more basic n brutal
the play is funny poignant and has some truly beautiful songs
i did a reading yesterday n a bit of a sing
and they have found a wonderful singer/actress
to play the character of gypsy fire
who is married to jpy’s character but with whom nebauchanezzar
is also in love
the play is a real delight
and the songs are mind blowingly good
nebauch is a strange old bird pontificating on life
and moving thru van park in his cloak
i cannot wait to get my teeth into this
its like this part was written for me
we will be doing five performances at the seymour centre in sydney
in september
and will be hoping the play gets picked up for other cities
the band king curly will be backing the play featuring gregs brother steve
i cant overstate how good the script and songs are
and i hope all ttb enthusiasts will turn out to catch this one
im very very excited
and i feel lucky to be involved in such a good thing

40 Responses to “musical notes”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 18 July 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    break a leg

    (but spare them calves)

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    restaurant mark | 18 July 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    congratulations! you sound excited…i hope it's goes great for you. would love to see it…maybe somebody will record it and a dvd will be released.

    take care

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    melissa | 18 July 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    wow, that's awesome Steve, it sounds like a wonderful story… would love to see it if I get the chance!!! :)) Will be on hol's late September up in Syd, so would be nice to catch a performance!


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    Cocoamo | 18 July 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    How absolutely wonderful! Wish I could go there to see it. Sigh.

    Your friend in Pennsylvania

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    Broken Toys and Heros | 18 July 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Performing in a well written play is very exciting !!! I had the grand opportunity when I was 20 years old (shit…that was over 20 years ago). i was more nervous than you can possibly imagine. that old advice of squashing ur nerves by picturing ur fellow cast members and the audience in their undies is folklore. but, i tried it and really wished it worked because there were MANY gorgeous ladies working with me and in the audience. All that aside, i know and i am very confidant that u and the play will be spectacular. only wish that we (here in the states) could witness ur first dive into a new media for ur self.

    Last night i sat in quiet darkness for hours listening to AENT and imagined that as a set performed live for me. I am fascinated with that time period for the church because it profoundly shows how all the instruments that u guys have at ur disposal can meld into an enchanting atmosphere. Marty and Peter are synced together as Tim sets many bewildering tempos, ur bass is the pulse of that album. I believe it is one (if not the best) of the best bass playing u ever done. The lyrics are tales sung/written by someone who knew that people would gather around and embrace each other with passion. It is one of the bands finest moments, but sadly, it never received its praise here in the states. Why is the music industry force feeding the masses with garbage when true excellence was right at their finger tips all along. anyways…learn ur lines well because u will truly enjoy this new experience and it will supercharge your being (timebing that is).

    to princey…thanks for the shout out on the last blog. I read everything that is commented and u have a fantastic insight contributing to SK's daily blog.

    As Always,

  6. avatar
    Steven Krut | 18 July 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    It sounds really wonderful and cool. I hope you have a great experience with it.

  7. avatar
    bc | 18 July 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    good for you sk…

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    If they ever put your play on the television I will have a very tough choice to make.

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    matthew | 18 July 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Fantastic Steve, so happy for you! I've always maintained that the only genre in which musical theatre truly breaks through is rock; somehow the inherent theatrics and angst just match up naturally.

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    cazziem | 18 July 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Sounds good from what you say. Sadly though being half a world away I won't be able to see it for real, but a fantastic birthday treat for you none the less.

    Obviously I wish you and the rest of the cast all the success in the world, or as they say in theatre land – break a leg!!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    the conducter signals the orchestra to begin / the curtains rise / the plot thickens / enter stage left!

  12. avatar
    evilren | 18 July 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    sounds like the perfect role for you Steve, have fun with it.

  13. avatar
    Robert | 18 July 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    Sounds like a cool production… I really dig the Crystal Set version of "Gargoyle" but have not heard the original… hope all goes well with the play.

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    EDD | 18 July 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    There is a casting call for a local tv series near Portland…I was thinking about trying out though it is a bit of a drive and I got a regular job. It must be fun to have so many creative options. Will you get paid? Even better if you did.

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    Andrea | 18 July 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Soungs like Aust is the place to be… I am getting tantalized… Church tours, solo gigs, poetry readings, now musicals… I hope you'll eventually tour Europe again!!! I attended the FY tour gig at the Mean Fiddler in London, where I briefly shook hand and talked with you before the show, and then again the show at the Borderline for the Uninvited like the clouds acoustic set- but I can't wait for you guys to come back to Europe- will it happen? Italy, never again? you said one Itali is an SK kind of place… There's people here in Europe who can't wait to see you guys again!!!

    Well, anyway congrats for the part in this musical, I wish I could attend.


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    Erast O'Fandorin | 18 July 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    sounds too great!! hope nebukadnezar has still got his parking zone! i imagine it as a weird australian Crazy Heart…hope you're going to be in the movie, too.

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    eek | 18 July 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Sounds great! If I was in the region I'd be sure to come to at see it. Nebauchenezzar — yep, that would be the name of your character! Love it.

    Maybe you can get someone to video a bit (even of rehearsals) and put it up on That would good advertising for the play and would also be a little treat for those of us who can't see it live. At the very, very least we need a pic of you in that cape…. 😉

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    plumlady | 18 July 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    Oh that sounds truly awesome; I only with I could come to aussie to see it OR you could bring it to the states. I love theatre productions with that sort of theme; and indeed…you do sound just perfect for the role. Things sound like they're really coming your way for you. Best wishes.

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    the dean | 18 July 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    shades of stevie wright perhaps?

  20. avatar
    EDD | 18 July 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    I saw a recent interview with you on Bondi beach on You Tube…Damn what a beautiful place….I must go there….. speaking of acting….if you wanna please some people who comment here then act like you love everything and want to have everybody do exacly what you say and live excatly how you live. HA HA

  21. avatar
    melissa | 18 July 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    yay!!! 😀 There's a performance for Van Park listed for September 24 …. awesome!!!

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    princey | 19 July 2010 at 12:12 am #

    Sounds like you're having a fun time with this project sk, and yeah, I really hope you bring it here for the Melby Fringe Festival starting in September!! Get your friend to contact "LaMama" Theatre or LaMama Courthouse Theatre in Carlton, it's kind of small, but they would no doubt be interested. There's so many venues here to choose from, get your friend onto it, pronto!!!

    love Amanda

  23. avatar
    Todd | 19 July 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Sounds great. I hope it gets to Melbourne.

  24. avatar
    fantasticandy | 19 July 2010 at 12:31 am #

    i hope it's better that that dopey effort with you in the wheelchair slim!

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    Donna | 19 July 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Steve, If you already got my note, excuse-moi!! I messed up!

    Congrats and break a leg! What a great opportunity! You'll need to get something up on TTB or youtube for all of us non-Australians.

    Hope you're having a good one!

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    Anonymous | 19 July 2010 at 3:10 am #

    Sounds very exciting sk. Hope it gets a long run and tours the country. A play and songs, two for the price of one, that's good value. Like JPY, gonna see him in August at the Dee Why RSL.
    Hope this is just one of the many play/musical offers that are coming your way.

    Yay to you too!!!!!!

    Peace & love

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    eek | 19 July 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Broken Toys and Heros — "only wish that we (here in the states) could witness ur first dive into a new media for ur self."

    Actually it isn't Steve's first foray into stage acting. In 2005 (I think) Steve played Shylock in a production of The Merchant of Venice Beach, and in 2007 he was in a play called Zoo Story.


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    Hellbound Heart | 19 July 2010 at 9:09 am #

    well there you go!!! hope it all goes blindingly well….

    love always….

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    veleska1970 | 19 July 2010 at 10:26 am #

    wonderful news!!

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    Warpedjohn | 19 July 2010 at 11:55 am #

    Gipsy Fire is the name of a woman who had a one night stand with Bob Dylan and then sued a trashy newspaper for reporting on it. And won.
    Just google "Gipsy Fire Bob Dylan " and the whole bizarre story will come up .
    I remember when this happened. She says in her account it was in the US but I remember it as happening on an Australian tour and the newspaper was the Daily Telegraph.
    You cant make this stuff up…its truly bizarre.

  31. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 19 July 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    Thanks "eek" i did not know that. Do you know how the performance went ?


  32. avatar
    John Garratt | 19 July 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    You've gone southpaw again!

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    Ellen | 19 July 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    That sounds GREAT! I'm so happy that you've got a part in a wonderful play that you can sink your teeth into! I love that song "Love is in the Air!"

    But, alas, I won't be able to get over there to see the play. Sure hope those of us in the US can see it somehow… Maybe a video?

    You deserve some BIG success – you're overdue.

  34. avatar
    davem | 19 July 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    I bet you're going to be really good at this too……bastard!!
    Only kidding – proud of you as always.
    Hows the smoking going?

  35. avatar
    Jasperina | 20 July 2010 at 12:37 am #

    Will definately be going to see you perform. How wonderful it all sounds. There is magic in the air.

  36. avatar
    steve kilbey | 20 July 2010 at 1:37 am #

    about 100 comments that i never saw just turned up on my control page
    so if your comment went missing it should now be up
    i dunno how it happened…!?

  37. avatar
    Andrea | 20 July 2010 at 7:38 am #

    Sometimes it does take quite a long time before my comments appear in the page. Perhaps it means it's just time to switch to for good 🙂


  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2010 at 7:09 am #

    SK. I like your 12 string…. Very nice

  39. avatar
    redgrevillea | 23 July 2010 at 12:57 am #

    looking forward to it!!

    kinds, rb

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    Melquiades | 23 July 2010 at 4:26 am #

    excellent. wish I could be there for this.

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