Casper sat down with Kieron Lafferty (Elwood) ahead of bringing their Blues Brothers show downunder!
BLUES BROTHERS with a Belushi Blessing………..It seems like yesterday that brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues, played by John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, invited the world to join them on a ‘mission from God’. The hit movie The Blues Brothers was a loveable tale of redemption about the pair of paroled convicts, who set out to save the Catholic orphanage in which they grew up, from the taxation department. As the story goes, they re-formed their rhythm and blues band, The Blues Brothers, and organised a concert to raise $5,000 to pay off the debt and save the day.
But things never went according to plan for Jake and Elwood, and their story evolved into a rollicking journey of misadventure, and one of best loved movies of all time.
Now, thirty years plus on, the Blues Brothers’ live on in the Official Blues Brothers Revue, and Australian Blues Brothers fans are set to get a nostalgic musical fix when the pair arrives from America in December 2017 and January 2018 to begin an Australian Tour. Starring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood, the Official Blues Brothers Revue is the only Blues Brothers show to be officially sanctioned by Dan Ackroyd and wife of the late John Belushi, Judith Belushi Pisano.
Judith, who is an accomplished writer, graphic designer and artist, married John Belushi in Aspen, Colorado in 1976. They remained married until John’s untimely death on March 5 1982. Eight years later, Judith remarried to Victor Pisano. Judith Belushi Pisano and Victor Pisano, along with Dan Ackroyd, continued to fly the Blues Brothers’ flag in John’s honour. Together, they created ‘The Blues Brothers Revival’ which was written by Victor and produced by Judy and Dan.
After auditioning over 200 Blues Brothers teams for the world premier of their musical, Judith, Victor and Dan came across Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty, who were immediately cast in the lead roles.
Judy, Victor and Dan’s Official Blues Brothers Revival ran successfully for five months in Chicago’s Centre for the Performing Arts in 2004, winning rave reviews.Since 2005, Judith, Dan and the John Belushi Estate, have officially sanctioned Kieron Lafferty and Wayne Catania’s own show. The Official Blues Brothers Revue combines the comedy, music and mayhem from the original movie, as well as songs from the five popular albums put out by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. It is a faithful recreation of the characters, Jake and Elwood, and a spectacular tribute to Chicago’s rich history of blues, R&B and traditional soul music, played with the same soul and conviction of the original Blues Brothers Band.
More recently, Kieron Lafferty and Wayne Catania joined creative forces with Judy Belushi and Anne Beatts (head writer, Saturday Night Live 1975-80) to write the pilot for a television show based on the continuing adventures of Jake and Elwood, aka The Blues Brothers. But until this latest venture hits Australian shores, the Official Blues Brothers Revue is as close as you are likely to get to Jake and Elwood, and the music and magic of one of the greatest musical partnerships in the history of the silver screen.
Celebrate the Blues Brothers in a show that really hits the road- a briefcase full of blues!
THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE
DECEMBER 2017/JANUARY 2018 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Saturday 30th December, 2017 – SATELLITE LOUNGE, WHEELERS HILL HOTEL VIC – Bookings: (03) 9560 8922
Sunday 31st December, 2017 – SS&A CLUB, ALBURY NSW – Bookings: (02) 6041 2222
Wednesday 3rd January, 2018 – ETTALONG DIGGERS CLUB NSW – Bookings: (02) 4343 0111
Thursday 4th January, 2018 – TUNCURRY BEACH BOWLING CLUB NSW – Bookings: (02) 6554 6477
Friday 5th January, 2018 – AUSSIE WORLD, CALOUNDRA QLD – Bookings: (07) 5494 5444
Saturday 6th January, 2018 – TWIN TOWNS SERVICES CLUB, TWEED HEADS NSW – Bookings: 1300 014 014