Rusty’s big gig: famous friends banding together

Russell Crowe and friends have performed the Garden Party throughout America.
Russell Crowe and friends have performed the Garden Party throughout America.

NANA Glen's favourite farmer is gifting the Coffs Coast a one-off holiday treat.

Russell Crowe is returning to his hinterland home and bringing with him some very talented friends.

The Oscar-winning actor is producing The Indoor Garden Party at the Jetty Memorial Theatre over four nights from January 10-13.

Coffs Harbour will be the only place in Australia to see the show, which has received rave reviews around the world.

The unique production has already been staged in London, St John's Newfoundland and recently in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre and Joe's pub.

Speaking from the location of the new film he is both directing and starring in, The Water Diviner, Russell said the Indoor Garden Party was about friends who loved performing getting together telling stories and singing songs.

"They are very informal parties and always full of laughs and when you have voices like my friends have ... spine-tingling is the phrase that comes to mind."

The show will have a focus on the songwriting partnership which Russell has developed with his friend Alan Doyle of Canada's prominent folk band Great Big Sea for almost a decade. Great Big Sea this year celebrated 20 years of touring and album sales topping 1.5 million units.

Apart from Russell and Alan, the line-up is best described as eclectic.

The Indoor Garden Party promises to be an enthralling evening.

EXCLUSIVE: Russell Crowe and some of the stars of his Indoor Garden Party.
EXCLUSIVE: Russell Crowe and some of the stars of his Indoor Garden Party.

As well as performances by Russell and Alan Doyle the show will highlight the talents of an amazingly diverse and acclaimed roster of artists.

They include;

Samantha Barks who played Éponine in the film version of Les Misérables, as well as various theatre roles in London's West End, including the role of Nancy in Oliver. She has recently completed filming Dracula Untold where she plays the character Baba Yaga and is currently filming The Devil's Harvest.

American actor, voice artist and singer-songwriter Scott Grimes who has toured with everyone from Bob Hope to Michael Jackson;

Swedish songwriter and producer Carl Falk who has co-written and co-produced hits such as What Makes You Beautiful, One Thing, Live While We're Young, Kiss You (for One Direction) and Starships and Pound The Alarm (for Nicki Minaj). In 2012 Carl was listed as No. 4 on the Music Week Top 100 Songwriters of the Year;

Irish brothers Owen and Moley O Suilleabhain who perform as Size2shoes who have performed with The Chieftains, Bobby McFerrin, renowned poet David Whyte, and violinist Nigel Kennedy;

Scottish actor, piper and bandleader Charlie Allan who Russell met on the set of Gladiator where he played the famed leader of the Barbarian Hordes in the opening scene; and

Queanbeyan poet and rapper Omar Musa who won the Australian Poetry Slam in 2008 and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam in 2009.

It promises to be a show unlike any that has ever been seen in the place which Russell has called home for 17 years.

"It wasn't hard to convince anyone to come. The idea of spending time together and putting on a show is usually all the motivation any of them need but adding in that this time around it is in Coffs Harbour is a bonus," Russell said.

In addition, Russell said the line-up always features special guests which over time have included Ben Elton, Skylar Gray, Sting and Hugh Jackman.

Tickets ($55 plus booking fee) are now available from the Jetty Memorial Theatre box office or by clicking here. 

Topics:  coffs harbour garden party russell crowe

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